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Can Andy Murray win Wimbledon?

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Can Andy Murray win Wimbledon?

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Out of sorts Murray needs to find form.

The burden of tennis expectation has passed from Henman to Murray but how close is Murray to becoming Wimbledon champion?

On the face of it the omens do not look good. Eliminated in the first round at Queens and defeated 6-4, 6-4 by Djokovic in an exhibition match yesterday Murray has it all to do.

This year Murray has found himself in the bottom half of the Wimbledon draw which means that if the seeding plays out then he will meet Rafael Nadal in the semi final with Federer and Djokovic meeting in the other semi.

Murray is unfortunate that he is playing his tennis in an era of the greats. The triumvirate of Nadal, Djokovic and Federer are some of the greatest ever players to have graced the lawns at SW19 and Murray needs to beat two of them to take the title. Let alone defeating the other pretenders along the way.

Beating one is doable but beating two?

And if it is not this year then when will his long wait for a major grand slam victory bear fruition?

Murray, who is the world no 4 has reached the semi finals of Wimbledon for the last three years running and I fully expect him to do so again in front of a passionate crowd who are desperate for him to win but his recent patchy form has placed questions where there should be none coming into this tournament.

How much more mental battering can Murray take?

How much longer can you continue to be the nearly man, before finally starting to believe the inner voices.

That is exactly why the steel of Lendl has been drafted as coach but even he must be wondering what he has got himself into with the up and down form of the wayward scot.

The problem for Murray is that in patches of play he can be unbeatable and then just as quickly turn that form into exactly the opposite. The three players above him in the rankings are all capable of sustained brilliance and then still have a higher level on which to play when desperate situations present themselves.

So this year I'm tipping Federer to achieve his seventh Wimbledon title.

The forecast is for a huge amount of rain to deluge the tennis courts over the next couple of weeks and if the final is played with a closed roof then Federer will have the edge he needs to beat Djokovic and Nadal or indeed Murray if the scot manages to make it through to the final.

Roger Federer is 5/1 at Ladbrokes to win Wimbledon 2012.

 

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