The big four and the hon­orary mem­ber

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Andy Mur­ray is the top seed in his back­yard this year, which leaves him safely en­sconced among the favourites de­spite a rocky road hence. On pa­per he’s got the goods, but see­ing is be­liev­ing af­ter a cold run-in to Wim­ble­don in the warm-ups and shaky sea­son in gen­eral. From Djok of all Slams to none this year, No­vak seems to have lost that lovin’ feel­ing, but he de­serves an hon­orary men­tion among the big four, while Stan and that rapier back­hand keeps his seat warm as the fourth knight at the ta­ble. One false step, and the other Swiss could clean up. Fed­erer won in Halle and it’s no se­cret that he’s com­ing for the crown. The king is look­ing to re­turn again! But the Aus­tralian Open eu­pho­ria seems light years away with the other king, that is Rafael Nadal, in ter­ri­fy­ing form at Roland Gar­ros last month. De­spite a shaky record on grass in re­cent years, the Spa­niard is in the kind of state of mind that tran­scends stats and sur­faces. Fed­erer will be fight­ing off the cold shiv­ers as the ghosts of the 2008 Wim­ble­don fi­nal take their seats on Cen­tre Court. The Rafa and Roger odyssey con­tin­ues …

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