Novak Djokovic became just the third man in tennis history to hold all four of the major titles at the same time by claiming his first career title at Roland Garros. He’s halfway to a calendar year Grand Slam and is the first man to hold both the Australian and French Open titles coming into Wimbledon since Jim Courier in 1992. Only two men have ever won the calendar year Grand Slam: Don Budge in 1938 and Rod Laver in 1962 and ‘69.
Djokovic is the defending champion at Wimbledon for the second year and is the overwhelming favorite to make it three titles in a row. He’s defeated seven-time Wimbledon champ Roger Federer in the last two finals, but Federer is coming off multiple injuries and is not at his best coming into the tournament. Andy Murray could be another obstacle for Djokovic.
Murray has solidified his position as the No. 2 player in the world behind Djokovic. It’s kind of amazing that in their 34 head-to-head meetings they’ve only played once on grass, at the 2013 Wimbledon final, which was won by Murray. Djokovic leads their overall series 24 to 10. Also interesting to note that Andy Murray has the fourth best career grass court record in the Open Era behind only Federer, John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg—and ahead of Pete Sampras. Murray’s toughest opponents at Wimbledon have been Rafael Nadal (who isn’t playing this year due to a wrist injury), and Federer. Could we have our third straight major final in 2016 featuring Djokovic and Murray?
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