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Murray: Big Three Will Extend Wimbledon Reign

An iconic champion will rule The Championships again, says Andy Murray.

Four men—reigning champion Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Murray—have combined to claim 16 consecutive Wimbledon crowns since Lleyton Hewitt defeated David Nalbandian in the 2002 final.

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Two-time winner Murray says one of the Big 3 will extend that reign next month.

"I think the winner will come from those three," Murray told the media in London. "I guess it’s possible that some of the guys with huge serves could potentially go on a run and there will maybe be some upsets early on.

"If those guys are fit and healthy and get through the first few rounds, I would expect one of them to come through."

Oddsmakers agree with the two-time Olympic gold medal champion.

Oddschecker lists Djokovic, Federer and Nadal as the top three favorites to win Wimbledon followed by Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Juan Martin del Potro and... wait for it: Nick Kyrgios.

After winning his 12th Roland Garros championship, Nadal pondered the prospect of pulling off the clay to grass championship sweep again.

Nadal who lost an epic Wimbledon semifinal to Djokovic, 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (9), 6-3, 8-10 last year, said he feels he's been close to a Wimbledon final return in recent years.

"I know I played a great event last year," Nadal said. "I have been able to be very close to win another title there. As everybody knows, I love to play on grass. And as everybody knows, I am not able to play so many weeks in a row like I did ten years ago, eight years ago. So I have to do my schedule.

"Honestly, the last two years that I played in Wimbledon, I felt close again. Even if the first year have been that match against (Gilles) Muller, I played great tennis there too. I was very close to being in the quarterfinals, and last year I was one point away to that final."

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