Wimbledon 2016: When does Andy Murray play next?
- Author: Jo Lloyd Jun 27, 2016,
Jun 27, 2016, 21:24
"It is a big reason why I have had so many stop-starts this season and not too many good results".
And so, nearly 12 months after she completed her second Serena Slam, Williams' grand slam trophy room is still awaiting its next, treasured, addition.
She fell to Roberta Vinci of Italy in the 2015 US Open semifinal, Angelique Kerber of Germany in the 2016 Australian Open final and Garbine Muguruza of Spain in the French Open final earlier this month.
Williams never feels the need to play grasscourt warm-up tournaments, preferring instead to hit on the hardcourts back home before arriving in the week before the tournament.
Key Statistic II: 13 - Consecutive Wimbledon titles won by the "Big 4" of men's tennis: Federer, Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal; Lleyton Hewitt, who has retired from singles but got a doubles wild-card entry for Wimbledon, was the last man outside of that quartet to win the championship, back in 2002.
Williams broke for 5-4 and served out in her 19th Wimbledon, a record among active players.
"This year is quite different from previous years because I'm coming in with a Roland Garros title", he said. "It doesn't matter to me". Like Williams before her disappointment in New York, Djokovic has won four successive majors. She first achieved that distinction in 2002-03.
If he is able to retain the Wimbledon and US Open titles, he will have accomplished the Grand Slam. "It's pretty cool. It's really awesome".
The world number one, who beat Roger Federer in the last two Wimbledon finals, insisted his best days could be still to come.
This will be my 11th Wimbledon and I would say it feels different to when I first played.
"Pressure is part of what we do".
Djokovic gets his campaign under way against Britain's James Ward on Centre Court on Monday.
The British No3 will step out on to the Centre Court today to face the world No1 and defending champion with just about the toughest task imaginable in tennis. She has a losing 2-1 record against the Italian, although this will be their first meeting on grass.
"I'm just looking forward to competing and hopefully getting a big court, but I'm excited more than anything".
Serena Williams owns the third highest number of Grand Slam match wins by a woman in the Open era (297) and can move second ahead of Chris Evert (299) at Wimbledon. Having won the Australian Open and French Open, he's also seeking to become the first man to capture the first three legs of a calendar-year Grand Slam since Rod Laver swept all four majors in 1969.
"He has every opportunity to do it", she said. I think I've improved things since then. "So he should be fine". The seven-time Wimbledon victor, considered one of the greatest players of all time, was the subject of rumours that he would withdraw from the tournament after he failed to show up for a practice session against World No. 6 Kei Nishikori.
Asked if he had been keeping up to date with the rugby union, in which England whitewashed the Wallabies 3-0 - the word "easy" was used by the inquisitor - Kyrgios replied with: "I've been playing computer games".