Andy’s under fire again

Wimbledon started this week and, with the likes of an in-form Rafael Nadal and defending champion Roger Federer entering the fray, it promises to be the most exciting championship in years.

Andy Murray hopes to finally end the mounting decades since a Brit won Wimbledon and Nadal proved with his eighth French Open title that he is back to his best after seven months out with a knee injury.

Local tennis fanatic Sebastian Pantin has played in a junior tournament in Florida and is always on the courts in the Cayman Islands.

Pantin, 16, said: “Despite Nadal’s recent performances, I think Federer will win it because of his impressive performances on the grass this year and his wanting to defend his title. Nadal is the clay devil and Federer is the grasshopper.”

“I think he [Murray] will come in fresh from not participating in the French Open, but will not be able to overcome the likes of Nadal and Federer.”

Out of the top five players in the world – Novak Djokovic, Murray, Federer, David Ferrer and Nadal – Federer has the most impressive record on grass courts this year with a gargantuan 98 wins and a mere five losses.

Federer is also the reigning Wimbledon champion and has the chance to become the first male singles player to win it eight times.

Murray’s rest through injury will help and he also won the AEGON Championship last week.

He has a record of 50 wins and 11 losses this year on grass and looks to become the first men’s British singles player since Fred Perry in 1936 to win Wimbledon.

Nadal has won the last four competitions he has entered, including the French Open where he beat Djokovic and Ferrer on his way to the title.

Boasting a record of 50-12 this year on grass makes him an obvious betting favourite.

Nadal is the No. 5 seed, which means that he could come up against any of the top four seeds as early as the quarterfinals and with Federer, Djokovic, Murray and Ferrer being those players it could mean an early exit for one of the favourites.

Djokovic comes into the tournament ranked as the best player in the world, but has struggled recently, losing in the semifinal of the French Open to Nadal. He has not played a lot of matches on grass this year and, as such, has a record of 43-12.

Seeded No. 1 at Wimbledon, his chances cannot be easily dismissed. Ferrer comes into the tournament ranked No. 4 in the world.

This year, Ferrer has won the ATP Auckland and the ATP Buenos Aires and is coming into the tournament having recently lost the French Open final to Nadal.

Ferrer also comes in having played the least amount of games on grass, but having the worst record out of the top five at 32-14.

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