Last year, Novak Djokovic arrived in London after completing a career-slam. He had beaten Andy Murray in the final of French Open to capture the only Major trophy that was missing from his cabinet. He became the only man to hold all four trophies since Rod Laver did it in 1989. A year on, things are completely different.
Djokovic doesn’t have even one of the four he held until last month. He was sent crashing of the first two Grand Slams of the year during the first week. This has never happened since 2009 but an unknown Denis Istomin and young Dominic Theim beat him at Australian Open and French Open respectively.
But, the Serb is no the only top player who will enter Wimbledon a bit low on confidence. Local boy and defending champion Andy Murray also needs to up his game he wants to win his third title in London. The world number one and top seed for the tournament has a win-loss record of 21-9 this season. What’s more surprising is that he only one title this year – in Dubai.
The two players who met in the French Open final last year are now not even title favourites. In the tune-up to Wimbledon, Murray has given the warm-up tournament a skip due to soar hip while Djokovic, despite struggling, has made it to the semi-final in Eastbourne.
In the last 14 years, Murray, Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have dominated the Championships. One of the four have won it those years. This time, two are favourites, two are underdogs.
The year has been a mixed ride for Djokovic. He hasn’t been beaten by a champion player who could replace him to be the new champion. His losses have been to unknown players, youngsters and once to an old guard.