Djokovic in form to defend Wimbledon title

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Novak Djokovic has been in form throughout 2015, however, as Wimbledon approaches, how will he react to his unexpected defeat in Paris?

Wawrinka will be arriving at Wimbledon hoping to improve on a poor record at the tournament. Despite now having two Grand Slam titles to his credit - last year's Australian Open and this year's French - he has never progressed beyond the quarter-finals in London.

He went into the French Open final against Stan Wawrinka aiming to be only the eighth player in men's tennis to have won all four Grand Slam tournaments. He won the first set on the clay of Paris but Wawrinka recovered to win the next three and lift his second Grand Slam title.

Djokovic will aim to put that disappointment behind him in London and will take heart from his form prior to that defeat. After a loss to Roger Federer in Dubai in February, the world number one won 28 matches in a row, winning the Masters events in Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome.

His run in Paris involved beating Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals and Andy Murray in the semis. The Serb also beat Murray to win the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open earlier this year.

Therefore, while his loss to Wawrinka was a shock, Djokovic remains the best player in the world and he will be even more determined to retain his Wimbledon crown, won last year with a five-set victory over Federer. It will not be a surprise to see him winning his ninth Grand Slam title in a little over two weeks' time.

The last man to beat Djokovic at Wimbledon is Andy Murray who was too strong in the 2013 final. However, in the time since, the pair have met eight times and all have been won by the world number one.

Those meetings, including the Grand Slam defeats in Melbourne and Paris this year and the US Open quarter-final in 2014, have often been close, but it is a significant losing streak and if they do meet in London then Djokovic will be confident of yet another victory against the Scot.

Despite his run of defeats, Murray has shown signs so far this year of being back to his best. After reaching the final of the Australian Open he won a tournament in Bavaria, his first title on clay, and followed that up with another, the Madrid Open, beating Nadal in straight sets in the final.

He most recently won at Queen's Club for the fourth time, beating Kevin Anderson in the final. If he continues in this vein of form, demonstrated now on hard courts, clay and grass, a third Grand Slam win and second Wimbledon title could be his for the taking.

Nadal has won the Wimbledon title twice before, in 2008 and 2010, but his form throughout the year so far does not inspire confidence that he can get close to a third.

He has been "King of Clay" for most of the past decade but, after winning an event in Argentina earlier in the year, failed to win any of the warm-up events for the French Open. Then, in Paris seeking his 10th French Open title, he reached the quarter-finals but, against Djokovic, was soundly beaten in straight sets.

He recovered from that disappointment to start the grass-court season well, winning the Stuttgart Open, beating Viktor Troicki in the final. However, at Queen's Club he suffered a shock first-round loss, going out in three sets to Alexandr Dolgopolov.

In addition, he has disappointed at Wimbledon since he was a losing finalist in 2011. The following year he lost in the second round to Lukas Rosol, in 2013 he made a first-round exit, beaten in straight sets by Steve Darcis, and last year he reached the fourth round before losing to the young Australian Nick Kyrgios.

Nadal has won 14 Grand Slam titles and, on form, is still among the best in the world. However, his recent Wimbledon record, combined with his form so far this year, suggests he will do well to reach the second week of the tournament.

Roger Federer was a beaten finalist at Wimbledon last year and, turning 34 later this summer, he will see this year's championship as possibly one of his last chances to add to his 17 Grand Slam singles titles.

He has not won one of the top four tournaments since Wimbledon 2012 when he beat Andy Murray in the final. However, he is still ranked second in the world and, having been a seven-times champion in London, will be among the favourites to lift the famous trophy at least one more time.

He has won four tournaments so far this year; the Brisbane International, the Dubai Tennis Championships, the Istanbul Open and, most recently, the Halle grass tournament in Germany.

However, in the Grand Slams he has been less successful. He was a third-round casualty at the Australian Open, losing to Andreas Seppi, and suffered a quarter-final loss in Paris, losing to the eventual champion Stan Wawrinka in straight sets.

Wawrinka will be arriving at Wimbledon hoping to improve on a poor record at the tournament. Despite now having two Grand Slam titles to his credit - last year's Australian Open and this year's French - he has never progressed beyond the quarter-finals in London.

His best performance was last year, impressively beating Feliciano Lopez in the fourth round before losing to compatriot Federer, despite winning the first set.

He got some grass-court practice in the lead up to Wimbledon at Queen's Club but, after beating Kyrgios in straight sets in the first round, was beaten by big-serving Anderson in the second, losing two tie-breaks.

The two finalists at last year's US Open were Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori, both Grand Slam final debutants and both remain in the world's top 10 and are anxious to back up their performance in New York with greater success at Grand Slam level.

Nishikori, who lost to Cilic in the final, is fifth in the world and, having become the first man from Asia to reach a Grand Slam final, will want to go one better.

He has established his place in the top 10 since the US Open. He reached the quarter-finals in Melbourne earlier this year, beating Nicolas Almagro and David Ferrer before losing to Wawrinka in the last eight.

In Paris he didn't drop a set on his way to a quarter-final meeting with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. However, despite coming back from two sets down to force a decider, Tsonga, cheered on by a partisan French crowd, won through in the end.

Nishikori's best performance at Wimbledon was last year when he reached the fourth round, winning the first set against Milos Raonic but losing in four.

Cilic has suffered injury problems since winning in New York. A shoulder injury forced him out of the Australian Open and led to him missing other tournaments including the Miami Open. He was fit for the French Open and reached the fourth round before losing out to Ferrer in straight sets.

His best Wimbledon was also last year when he beat Tomas Berdych in a run to the quarter-finals. There he held a 2-1 lead against Djokovic but the world number one won the last two sets to progress through and eventually win his second Wimbledon title.

Berdych, Ferrer and Raonic are all inside the world's top 10 and will be hopeful of a good run at Wimbledon as will Grigor Dimitrov, a semi-finalist last year who, in the 12 months since, has not broken through as some had predicted. He does have the talent to compete with the best in the world and will be hopeful of proving that in the next two weeks.

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