Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on Wimbledon 2016 collision course
They have contested the two Grand Slam finals that have been played this year to date and it appears that Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are heading for another showdown at SW19.
The first and second seed have demonstrated they are head and shoulders above the other men in the singles competition, with Roger Federer potentially offering the greatest threat to Djokovic reaching the final.
The Swiss missed the French Open, with clay not being his preferred service, with Federer having plenty of prep time to land one final Wimbledon crown and he’s made it to the third round of the competition with the minimum of fuss.
However, Djokovic is eyeing a calendar Grand Slam and the simple fact is that he’s not been beaten in a major since last year’s French Open when an inspired Stan Wawrinka beat him in the final.
Wawrinka is in Murray’s half of the draw and could potentially face the Brit at the semi-final stage of the competition.
However, Murray has Ivan Lendl back in his camp, with facile first and second round victories in stark contrast to the struggles he had to endure at Roland Garros before coming through and making his way to the final.
Murray is playing the tennis of his life and that includes being better than 2013 where he enjoyed a straight sets win over his Serbian arch-rival in the final, something that will ensure he goes down in SW19 folklore.
However, the Scot is fully aware that he needs to find something extra to topple the world number one who is threatening a 2016 stranglehold which might extend to a Golden Slam featuring an Olympic triumph.
Murray hasn’t laid much of a glove on his adversary in the two Grand Slam finals to date, although he did land the opening set of the 2016 French Open before being badly overrun during the latter stages of the encounter.
Nick Kyrgios could pose a few problems for Murray in round four, while Richard Gasquet is someone who has a stunning backhand and will routinely use it should the pair meet at the last eight stage.
However, the world number two regularly finds a way to win over the longer format and even dropping a set or two doesn’t leave him too flustered.
The same argument can be extended to Novak Djokovic who was taken to five sets by Kevin Anderson last year when losing the first two sets on a tie-break.
The South African claimed those tie-break victories to leave the Serbian staring down a barrel. However, Djokovic never looked like losing the match despite that trailing position and he emerged as the winner and never looked back.
Federer beat Murray in last year’s semi-final but has the task of beating Djokovic in the last four should he want to make another final. We’re seriously doubting that can be achieved.