Rafael Nadal‘s chances of winning Wimbledon seem legitimate for the first time in a number of years after the year the Spaniard has had. Along with Roger Federer, the Spaniard has been lighting up the tour this year. He is the race No.1 by a fair distance thanks to making both slam finals and winning one of them. He also added two Masters titles on the clay, Monte Carlo and Madrid. He opens against John Millman, who is using his protected ranking to enter the tournament.
There is no doubt Nadal’s weakest slam is Wimbledon, despite his two titles at SW19. The Spaniard has been blasted off the court by ultra aggressive players a number of times in recent years, most famously by Lukas Rosol in 2012. The general consensus is that Nadal will be a major threat at Wimbledon if he can make it past the first week when the courts are at their fastest. Karen Khachanov and Gilles Muller seem the most likely dangers to Nadal although the latter has often disappointed at Wimbledon despite his grass court credentials in BO3. “I am excited to be playing again here, in a tournament that I really love. I really enjoy playing. But at the same time I tell you, is a tournament that you can go out very early.” he said
Millman is getting back into the swing of things after not playing between October and May. The Australian had second round exits in the three English grass court Challenger Tour events, with little to suggest he will be able to get anywhere near troubling Nadal. The early men’s shock, if any, is likely to come on Centre Court Monday when Stanislas Wawrinka takes to the court rather than on Court 1.
Prediction – Rafael Nadal in straight sets