In the post-Pete Sampras era, there are really only 4 men tennis players that seem to matter when it comes to Wimbledon. Roger Federer. Rafael Nadal. Novak Djokovic. And Andy Murray.
Maybe it's because it's on a grass surface (arguably the most difficult surface) or maybe it's just because these four guys are just that much better than every other male tennis player in the world.. but for the last 14 years and running, only these 4 have won at Wimbledon.
Here's how the wins have happened over that time:
2003 thru 2007 - Federer
2008 - Nadal
2009 - Federer
2010 - Nadal
2011 - Djokovic
2012 - Federer
2013 - Murray
2014 & 2015 - Djokovic
2016 - Murray
That gives Federer 7 wins. Nadal 2. Djokovic 3. And Andy Murray 2.
Not surprising that the ranking for the 2017 Wimbledon tournament puts these 4 in the top 4 spots. I can't imagine someone outside this foursome winning here. The odds are just too stacked against that. Though I think it's pretty cool that ANY of these 4 have a great chance of winning. Murray got the top bid. But I think it's even across the board.
Seems clear at this point that Federer is the current king of Wimbledon. Though tied with Sampras, both having 7 wins. If Federer can get another win, he'll stand alone at the top. Interesting to point out ages as well:
Federer - 35 (almost 36). Nadal just turned 31. Djokovic just turned 30. Murray just turned 30. So.. the other 3 have 5-6 years more in their career (theoretically) to catch Federer, especially if one of them takes it this year. I think this is one of the most interesting races for greatness in all of sports right now. And I don't think we will get to know who exactly is THE BEST from this grouping, until all have retired.
Looking forward to this Wimbledon. I honestly can't pick a favorite here either; rare sport where I am kind of rooting for them all, and just want to see the best at the moment pull through.