“A Couple of Heroic Efforts”: Former World No.1 Makes Huge Predictions for Andy Murray at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 05/27/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 05: Andy Murray (GBR) in action during the second round of the Wimbledon Championships, on July 5, 2017, at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Cynthia Lum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


As the ATP tour gears up for French Open 2021, certain players have their eyes set on the grass-court season that starts after Roland Garros. Three-time Grand Slam champ, Andy Murray is hoping to prepare well and get ready for his preferred Wimbledon Championship 2021. And Former World No.1 Mats Wilander has an interesting take on Murray’s prospect at Wimbledon.

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Andy Murray in action during his second round doubles match with Liam Broady against Germany’s Kevin Krawietz and Romania’s Horia Tecau REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Wilander reckons Murray can reach the quarterfinals in London. With the British crowd behind him, Wilander is certain Murray can produce some heroics.

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“He can get to a quarter-finals at Wimbledon, for sure. He could have a couple of heroic efforts on Centre Court against lower-ranked players and get a bit of confidence.”

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Moreover, Murray will need a bit of luck from the draw as well according to Wilander. Since Murray is ranked outside the top 104, he will certainly be given the wildcard at Wimbledon 2021. Hence he could be in line to face anyone including the likes of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, etc.

“Obviously the draw is going to be massive. If he gets drawn against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round or Roger (Federer), Rafa (Nadal) and Novak (Djokovic), then it’s a problem. Throw him into a fourth-round and we are all fired up, like it’s the last moment for him. Yeah, then he can beat the players like Tsitsipas, (Alexander) Zverev and these top guys, for sure.

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Recently, Murray played a doubles match at the Italian Open 2021. And he was in line to receive a wildcard at Roland Garros, but instead, Murray decided to prepare for the grass-court season and skipped the clay season.

“What Andy needs is to play tournaments that make him play slightly more aggressively against the big hitters and not rely on them missing. On clay, he doesn’t have the weapons to hurt his opponents, so he tends to fall back and wait for them to miss,” Wilander suggested.

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Since his hip replacement surgery in 2018, Murray has not played at Wimbledon. He last played in 2017 where he reached the quarterfinals. Now he will most certainly return in 2021. Let’s see if the optimism around him can convert his chances on court.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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