Murray in form for Wimbledon

Home favourite Andy Murray looks in good shape as he attempts to land his second Wimbledon crown.

Novak Djokovic is the defending men's champion and, as world number one, will be favourite to defend his Wimbledon title as the championships get underway next week, but Murray is in excellent form and will be hopeful of a third Grand Slam title.

Murray won the grass court tournament at Queen's Club, the traditional warm-up event for Wimbledon, beating Viktor Troicki in the semi-finals and Kevin Anderson in the final on the same day.

That was Murray's third title of what is proving a successful year for the British player. However, if he is to win the Wimbledon title for a second time, he may well have to overturn an eight-game losing record against Djokovic.

The last time Murray beat the world number one was the Wimbledon final of 2013. Since then the pair have met on eight occasions, including in the US Open last year, the Australian Open final in January and, most recently the French Open semi-final, and Djokovic has won them all.

With Djokovic the number one seed at Wimbledon, Murray, seeded third, may meet the Serb in the semi-final and the last time the pair met on grass was that 2013 final and if they do meet Murray will seek inspiration from that victory rather than the eight straight defeats.

The other two former champions; Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, have suffered differing fortunes in 2015 so far. Federer will turn 34 later this year but is still in sublime form, winning the Halle tournament on grass, his fourth ATP tour win of the year.

Those tournament wins have come on hard courts, clay and now grass and Federer clearly still has the game to succeed and will be hopeful of securing his eighth Wimbledon title.

Nadal did win the Stuttgart Open, on grass recently. However, his form in 2015 has been patchy, Having won the French Open in nine of the past 10 years, he suffered a quarter-final exit in Paris, beaten in straight sets by Djokovic. Down to number 10 in the world, he will do well to reach the latter stages of the championships.

The winner of the French Open, Stan Wawrinka, who surprisingly beat Djokovic in the Paris final, will simply be hoping to improve on a relatively poor record on grass, reaching the Wimbledon quarter-finals just once, last year when he lost to compatriot Federer.

Serena Williams has won the first two Grand Slams of 2015 and will be well fancied to land a third at Wimbledon.

At the age of 33 she has competed in just four WTA events other than the majors, but will ensure she is in prime form to succeed at Wimbledon, though her recent record at the tournament is not so good.

She last won in 2012 and, in the two years since has been beaten in the fourth round and third round respectively. Nevertheless, having won in both Melbourne and Paris, she will aim for a third Grand Slam win in a row and, in form, will be tough to beat.

The defending champion, Petra Kvitova has failed to show the form that won her the 2014 women's title in the three Grand Slams since, failing to get beyond the fourth round in any of them. She has however won two WTA events this year, the Sydney International and the Madrid Open and, back on her favourite surface, will be hopeful of landing a third Wimbledon title.

Last year's beaten finalist Eugenie Bouchard has undergone a torrid time in the 12 months since. She has seen her form decline to the point where she is now outside the world's top 10, having been as high as five in October.

She has lost 10 of her last 12 matches and has only won eight matches on the WTA tour throughout the whole of 2015. Her form will have to improve dramatically if she is to have an impact on this year's Wimbledon.

Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova are among others, high in the rankings and keen to have a good run at Wimbledon in what looks an open and potentially very exciting women's field this year.

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