Murray’s Wimbledon again…

June 16th, 2017 | Ian Carnaby's Sports News

As I have no knowledge of or interest in golf, this is a quiet time and I shall leave last week’s update on line, hoping that you took the advice to back Rafael Nadal in straight sets against Stan Wawrinka in the Paris final.

Tennis commentators are fairly hopeless when it comes to assessing the effects, both physical and mental, of a five-set marathon on top players and there was never any chance that Wawrinka, having outlasted Andy Murray, would be in any shape to handle a Nadal not far short of his very best. A similar situation applied when Murray won his first Wimbledon title, Novak Djokovic having exhausted himself over five hours against Juan-Martin del Potro. Murray was a certainty (not that anyone was interested in the circumstances) but he would beat Djokovic strictly on merit these days.

He is unquestionably the best player in the world and no one can out-rally him, in addition to which he plays the most astonishing angles under maximum pressure.

It has taken him a while to find his best form after illness and he faded late on against Wawrinka after looking sure to win but he will go to Wimbledon with a clear favourite’s chance and I suggest backing him at the best price you can find as soon as the markets are published.

It would not surprise me if Djokovic called it a day much earlier than his arch rivals. He has clearly had problems away from the court and the 2/1 about his NOT winning a major this season was a truly remarkable offer.

I was surprised Simona Halep could not quite finish things off in the women’s final at Roland Garros but she has a leading chance at Wimbledon. We have not seen the best of Johanna Konta so far this summer but she has the grass court game to go a long way and will be of great interest each-way and on the spreads.