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The 2015 Wimbledon Championship
The premier tournament as far as the grass court tennis season is concerned, Wimbledon is arguably the most prestigious of all the Grand Slams. While even some of the top players in the world do not have a game suited to grass court tennis, many have adapted their style of play down the years in an attempt to win at SW19. Both Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal are prime examples of pros who aren't naturally suited to grass court tennis, but have taken the title in spite of their weaknesses where grass is concerned. Reigning champion Novak Djokovic is the current 13/8 favourite for the 2015 Wimbledon title, and in his recent rich vein of form, it isn't hard to see why. The Serbian world number one is as at home on grass as he is on hard surfaces, and is always there or thereabouts when it comes to the Wimbledon Championship. Novak has now won the title on two separate occasion, and it would be no shock to see him add a third come the summer.

Having been soundly beaten in the recent Australian Open final, Scotland's Andy Murray will be keen to return to the type of form which saw him win the 2013 renewal of the Wimbledon Championship. Having suffered from a serious back injury following the famous victory at SW19, Murray has yet to rediscover that level of play, and this season could well be a career defining one for the current world number four. Murray has enlisted the services of Amelie Mauresmo as coach, and this will be the first full season that the pair have worked together. The French former women's world number one is definitely having a positive effect on Andy Murray's tennis if the Australian Open is anything to go by. While the Murray camp will have been disappointed to have been ultimately brushed aside by Novak Djokovic in the Australian final, they can take plenty of encouragement from his consistent performances en route and with more improvement likely to be forthcoming, Murray will have a great chance of winning Wimbledon for a second time this year. Andy Murray is on offer at odds of 7/2 to capture the 2015 men's title.

Both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been priced up at 6/1 by the Betfair odds compilers, and neither man looks quite the player of years gone by. For 33 year old Roger Federer, it's to be expected that his speed around the court would begin to decrease, but his level of play is still top drawer. What has left Roger however, is that air of invincibility he used to have when dominating the men's game, and lesser players are now more confident when faced with Federer at the other side of the net. That being said, Federer is still ranked as the second best player in the world, and may not be done with yet. For Rafael Nadal, it looks as if multiple injuries are beginning to catch up with him, and it is too early to judge whether or not he is able to return to the levels which saw him capture the world number one position. Wimbledon doesn't really play to his strengths, and I don't really see the Spaniard making much of an impact at SW19 this year.



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