Martina Navratilova Picks Roger Federer and Petra Kvitova to win Wimbledon

Tennis - Nine-time champion says Federer winning Wimbledon would be like a fairytale

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Martina Navratilova Picks Roger Federer and Petra Kvitova to win Wimbledon

Tennis - Martina Navratilova is a nine-time Wimbledon champion so the Czech-born American knows a thing or two about winning the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. And the 18-time Grand Slam singles champion says that Roger Federer and Petra Kvitova are her picks to win the Wimbledon title this year, marking what she hopes would be a fairytale run for both the players.

In an exclusive interview with The Evening Standard, Navratilova says, "Bar Roger and Rafa , you’d have to say everyone else in the draw has had a questionable build-up, either in terms of form or fitness. Roger would be my pick to win it and that would be the fairytale.

The nostalgics in us go for Roger and Rafa in the final. They’re a bit like precious metal and we don’t know how many more times we will get to see them.” For the women's draw, the 60-year-old says that the horrific knife attack on Kvitova has eased the pressure on her and that should help her in her quest for a third women's singles title. "Much like Andy, the key for Petra is whether her body holds together.

After the horrors of what she went through, she’s just happy to be alive — and to now be able to play tennis again is such a bonus that there’s no pressure on her. So that should play to her strengths.” Speaking on the home favourites, Navratilova says Andy Murray's hip injuries may be an obstacle in his quest for a third Wimbledon title.

“You can get away with some things hurting, but the hip is the basis of every step you take on a tennis court, so you’d think that could be a big problem for Andy. Then there’s the addition with the nerves that makes everything tighten up.

But the reality is no one’s sure how it’s going to react, including Andy. You can’t get away with something like that on grass. You have to get lower than on other surfaces and there’s also that unevenness to contend with.

It puts a different kind of strain on the body.” Also Read - Ivan Lendl Says He is Not Worried About Andy Murray's Fitness Concerns Prior to Wimbledon

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