- Roger Federer - EFE
The Swiss Roger Federer will start as the main favorite to take the title in the Wimbledon tournament that starts on Monday, July 2nd. If he succeeds, he will continue to enlarge his legend with his ninth victory in the Grand Slam championship and the 99th victory of his career.
For this, the Swiss used a strategy that worked last year, by not participating in the tournaments on clay - Roland Garros included, and was about to begin the defense of the title obtained last year from the first place in the World ranking, but his defeat against Croatian Borna Coric in the final of the Halle tournament, returned the privileged position to the Spaniard Rafael Nadal.
However, that opens the possibility of a confrontation in the final stages of the tournament, since Federer and Nadal will be the one and two pre-classified, respectively, so they will be on each side of the draw.
But before thinking about a final, first they must overcome the resistance of world-class tennis players who know them very well, as is the case of the Croatian Marin Cilic, the Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, the German Alexander Zverev, the British Andy Murray or the Serbian Novak Djokovic, who if he arrives in good health will be a test for any player of the circuit.
Federer's pause on clay just means something: he wants to get to 100 tournaments won, and his Grand Slam 21 would be very good to get close to the finish line.
Nadal, meanwhile, wants to achieve his third victory on the grass of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, after adding the crowns of 2008 and 2010.
His strategy was similar to that of the Swiss, only that he took advantage of his domination on clay to win from Monte Carlo to Roland Garros and refused to participate in the preparatory tournaments in grass to rest and recover strength to give it his all in Wimbledon.
In the female box, the trend of the last two years will continue, where there is no favorite a priori, but the big names stand out.
The first sown will be the number one in the world, the Romanian Simona Halep; the Danish Caroline Wozniacki, winner of the Australian Open this year; and the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza, who will defend the title won last year.
The American Serena Williams, former dominator of the circuit and currently ranked 183, was placed by the organization as the pre-ranked number 25, although by her position in the world ranking had no right to be among the sown.