10 Reasons Why Andy Murray Can Win Wimbledon 2015

8. The Heir Apparent?

File photo dated 07-07-2013 of Great Britain's Andy Murray kisses the trophy after beating Serbia's Novak Djokovic on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
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As if rediscovering his pre-surgery form and commensurate confidence wasn’t difficult enough, like every other player in the men’s game Andy Murray has found the recent form of one rival in particular impossible to match.

Murray and Novak Djokovic were born just a week apart and first met as 12-year-old juniors. Their progress through the ranks was neck and neck until the Scot suffered a wrist injury in 2007; Djokovic took full advantage, accelerating at just the right time to win his first Grand Slam in January 2008.

Djokovic delivered one of the standout years in the history of men’s tennis in 2011, and 2015 is shaping up to be just as impressive. Djokovic picked up a record-breaking fifth Australian Open title in January, he has won all four Masters events he has appeared in, and only the monstrous hitting of Stanislas Wawrinka in the French Open final prevented him from completing the career Grand Slam.

So it’s worth remembering that Murray’s biggest triumphs all came at Djokovic’s expense, with the Brit overcoming his Serbian rival in both the U.S. Open and Wimbledon finals and also beating him en route to Olympic gold. The two players are practically mirror images of one another, but on current form Murray is arguably the only player capable of regularly testing Djokovic to his limits.


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