Wimbledon 2015 has come to an end, but the dominance of Novak Djokovic has not. Claiming his second Grand Slam title of the year and improving to a 48-3 record for the year, the Serb cemented his position at the top of the men’s game. Not far behind, the equally confirmed No. 2, Roger Federer. Heading into the hard court season, these men look poised to continue their brilliant play. There were many other players in action at Wimbledon. Here are how their respective performances stack up.
Novak Djokovic (World No.1) A
The reigning world No. 1 defended his title with a thrilling 4-set win over Roger Federer. Despite a shaky start, including a tough fourth round match stretched over 2 days against South African Kevin Anderson, he showed excellent form in the business end of the tournament. His skills reached their peak just when he needed them to in his final against Roger Federer. It seems that there is no one who can challenge the Serb for the moment.
Roger Federer (World No.2) A-
Chasing a record 8th Wimbledon title, the 33-year old breezed through the first few rounds, with the apex of his ominous form coming in his straight sets defeat of Andy Murray in the semifinals. Federer’s level remained high during his final against Djokovic, but slight lapses in mental strength coupled with Djokovic’s nearly impenetrable play combined to seal Federer’s fate. The form Federer showed was the closest he has come to his glory days: lots of winners, strong serving, and low unforced errors. The fact that he has the highest win percentage on hard courts over the last 52 weeks of any man on tour, means he is on course for a strong end to 2015.
Andy Murray (World No.3) B
Murray put in a strong performance in front of his hometown crowd, but had no answer for the serving brilliance he faced in his semifinal against Federer. Murray’s skills were on fine display in his early round matches. In particular, his six successful lobs against 6’11’’ Ivo Karlovic stand out as a major achievement. Murray has proven by reaching one final and two semifinals in Grand Slams that his back troubles are firmly behind him, however, he has yet to show that he is a serious threat to Federer and Djokovic.
Richard Gasquet (World No.20) B+
If you thought it was 2005-2007 and Richard Gasquet was still the next big thing in tennis, you would be excused. A pulsating five set victory over world No. 4 Stan Wawrinka, and a spot in the semifinals, are good signs for Gasquet, but, as ever, he was brought to heel by a top player for whom he had no answer. Djokovic, after a tense first set, cruised to victory even against the spirited play of his French opponent. If Gasquet can keeps playing like he did at Wimbledon, he will certainly make a dent in the majors. However, it is unlikely that he will play that well with consistency.
Stanislas Wawrinka (World No.4) B-
Wawrinka did well to equal his best showing at SW19. Hot on the heels of winning his second Grand Slam at the French Open, Wawrinka was tipped as a possible contender at Wimbledon, and, given his draw, was expected to meet Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. A spirited Richard Gasquet was enough to put an end to Wawrinka’s run. When asked after the French Open if the big four were now a “big 5” Wawrinka answered no, because he had yet to match the consistency of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray. His Wimbledon performance, though strong, showed how true that statement was.
Dustin Brown (World No.102) B-
2-0. That is the impressive head to head stat Dustin Brown can boast against Rafael Nadal after his win in the second round of this year’s championships. In a vintage display of serve and volley tennis, Brown over and over again snuffed out any hope Nadal had at finding rhythm from the back of the court. With deft play at the net behind smart approach shots and strong serves, Brown showed that his quixotic, mercurial game can be dangerous against opponents more accustomed to the contemporary baseline game. Though he fell in the next round and has never been a consistent threat to higher ranked players, Brown’s display of skill against one of the best baseliners of all time earns him a high grade.
Nick Kyrgios (World No.29) C+
Having upset Nadal in the fourth round of Wimbledon last year, many were wondering if the outspoken Australian was just another one-hit wonder. As the 26th seed, Kyrgios sailed through the first two rounds with straight set wins over Diego Schwartzman and Juan Monaco. He came back from a set down in the 3rd round against 7th seed Milos Raonic to set up a rematch of last year’s second round with eventual semi-finalist Richard Gasquet. Kyrgios confirmed both his talent and his temper at the championships. Despite allegations of tanking against Gasquet, the young gun has shown that he is a player to watch both on and off the court.
Rafael Nadal (World No.10): D
The two-time former Wimbledon champion entered this year’s draw with the Mercedes Cup under his belt, the first grass court trophy he has lifted since 2010. Many hoped Nadal would progress into the second week of the tournament, having been disappointed by a shock upsets before the quarterfinals since 2011. However, after an easy first-round win against Tomaz Bellucci, Nadal struggled to put up a convincing performance against an in-form Dustin Brown, succumbing to his attacking game in 4 sets. This lackluster performance, the fourth time in a row Nadal has lost to players ranked outside the top 100 at Wimbledon, only adde fuel to the debate about whether the 14-time grand slam champion will regain his former glory.