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Wimbledon 2016: Top 5 contenders

Wimbledon 2016: Top 5 contenders

thestatesman.com |

There are four Grand Slams in a year, but ask any tennis player worth his salt and they will tell you which one matters the most: Wimbledon.

Played in all-white attire on the pristine grass courts of the All England Club in Wimbledon, there is a rather special aura about this particular Grand Slam.

And for men&’s tennis, there has never been a more crucial moment perhaps. One man is dominating the scene, and can any of his contemporaries stop him?

Novak Djokovic

The world number one is in the form of his life. Going by his 2016 form, anything less than a second successive Wimbledon title looks unlikely. Serbia&’s superstar has an almost flawless all-round game. His reserves of stamina and his unprecedented mental strength can wear down even the best of opponents.

What about motivation then? His hunger to be the greatest of all-time is driving him on, for 12 Grand Slams are just the beginning for Djoker.

He&’s already wrapped up his pet tournament, the Australian Open and the elusive French Open this year. A Calendar Grand Slam is in his sights, and barring any major upset, he will remain on course for yet another epic feat.

Andy Murray

Cruelly considered the poor mans&’s Djokovic, the Scot has been in tremendous form after losing the French Open final to his great nemesis. Winning the prestigious Aegon Championships at the Queen&’s Club was perhaps the best warm-up possible for the big W.

His game has no obvious defects, but it&’s the mental side which is found lacking in many big games.

Historic winner in 2013, Murray needs to dig deep if he is to win his second Wimbledon title.

Roger Federer

Considered by many as the Greatest of All-Time (GOAT), the Swiss maestro is undeniably the finals stages of his career. Forced to miss the French Open because of the back injury, the 34-year-old is feeling confident of a deep run at his favourite championship. While a title seems doubtful, one can never count him out.

His one-handed backhands still make men and women swoon, and for many he will always remain synonymous with the Championships. Being the main draw wherever he plays will undoubtedly spur him on to turn back the clock one last time.

Stanislas Wawrinka

Stan is finally emerging out of his countryman&’s shadow, and he is a regular fixture in the latter stages of any slam. Having never gone beyond the quarter-finals in tennis&’s most prestigious championship will surely rankle him.

Losing in the first round at Queen&’s wouldn’t have done his confidence much good, as he&’s had a topsy-turvy year so far.

Three titles in 2016 may seem impressive, but plenty of first-round exits at other tournaments doesn’t paint a pretty picture.

Dominic Thiem

The dangerous upstart, Austria&’s sensation has all the makings of an all-time great. While 2016 may be too soon for him to win a Grand Slam, the player has the ability to upset his more established rivals.

His grass-court record had not been the greatest, but winning the 2016 Mercedes Cup was a warning for all the world to see. Defeating the likes of Roger Federer will have given his confidence a major fillip, and he is poised to make an impact at Wimbledon this year.

He&’s only ever reached the second round at Wimbledon, but at 22, there is only one way he can go.