Andy Murray (Great Britain)
Andy’s played unbelievably well to be a consistent Grand Slam semi-finalist, but he just has to find that extra gear to break through and make his first Wimbledon final and then win it. Remember, he’s beaten Djokovic, Federer and Nadal before, including Nadal in a major. Andy’s got such a good grass-court game: he moves well, he serves well and he’s more offensive from the baseline now. Even in the semis last year, he was dominating Nadal, up a set and 2-1 up in the second set, but he missed a forehand when Nadal was 15-30 down on his serve and it was amazing how quickly the match turned around in Nadal’s favour. Andy’s problem is that the seeding means he can’t play the top players until the semi-finals, and he’ll most likely end up playing Nadal again. Andy’s game matches up pretty well to Rafa’s on grass, but sometimes you’d like to play the top players in the first round, when they haven’t properly settled into their game – by the semis, players will have won five matches and they’ll be right on their game, so that makes it even harder. But I think having Ivan Lendl in his corner as coach is a great addition to Andy’s team, so he’ll be highly motivated to break that Grand Slam duck.
World Ranking: 4
Grand Slam titles: 0
Best Wimbledon: Semi-final 2009/10/11