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Wimbledon champion Tommy Paul

Wimbledon champion Tommy Paul resumes his Run



Tommy Paul, an American, stated that his favourite tournament worldwide is Wimbledon, coupled with his home tournament, Indian Wells.

When you consider his track record at the All England Club, it’s simple to understand why.

On Friday, Paul easily defeated the always dangerous Alexander Bublik, making it to the fourth round for the second time in three years.

Even though Paul has only played in three Wimbledon main draws, he boasts an 8-2 record and has never lost before the third round.

“I’m enjoying myself on the grass.” I find it appealing. On a soggy day in London, Paul, one of just four players to win their third-round matches, said, “Every time I play on it, I feel more and more comfortable.”

“I have to admit that when I showed up on the court today, I was surprised. I was hoping for a bit more dexterity. At what was likely the third point of the game, I kind of stuck my foot in the ground and halted.

“Normally, I think you would kind of slide out there when it’s slick. It encouraged me to move a little more forcefully. In the contest, it was helpful to me.

A winning record at Wimbledon is one thing, but Paul’s most recent victory at Queen’s Club may have been a stronger indicator of how he would do at this year’s championships.

Paul’s career-first ATP 500 title was secured just two weeks ago at a prominent London club a short drive north of Wimbledon. Since then, he has amassed an eight-match winning run on grass.

This is encouraging for Paul’s chances at Wimbledon, based on history.

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Todd Woodbridge, the great Australian, considered Carlos Alcaraz’s first grass-court championship victory at Queen’s last year to be a significant event.

Woodbridge said, “Winning Queen’s had been a big precursor to going on and doing well at Wimbledon, if not winning it, for 40 to 50 years.” Woodbridge was a nine-time Wimbledon doubles champion and 1997 singles semifinalist.

The Queen’s court gave fast-paced performances. This suggests that you have exceptional form and timing if you can handle that court. You just take that confidence with you to Wimbledon, where you do get a bit more time and the surfaces are a little softer.

And sure enough, a few weeks later, Alcaraz won the championship at Wimbledon.

Eight players John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras, Lleyton Hewitt, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, and Alcaraz have accomplished the Queens-Wimbledon double over the 40–50 year era that Woodbridge mentioned.

Two other Queen’s victors have advanced to the Wimbledon final: Andy Roddick in 2004 and 2005, and Matteo Berrettini in 2021.

The Queen’s champion has advanced to the quarterfinals (or higher) of Wimbledon 29 times out of 43 times since 1980.

Paul can make it to the same stage at the All England Club with just one more win.

The opponent for his fourth-round match is still unknown. In the fourth set on Saturday, veterans Roberto Bautista Agut and Fabio Fognini will continue their postponed battle, battling for the opportunity to play Paul while the American is on the rest.

After that, Paul faces the defending champion Alcaraz, whom he has previously defeated twice, in a possible quarterfinal match.

Regarding his mindset following his victory at Queen’s, Paul stated, “You want to come in (to the tournament) being like, ‘OK, it’s just another tournament,’ but you also want to take the confidence from the week before, and come into the tournament with that.”

You must enter the game with humility and be prepared to compete right away. We saw that Otto (Virtanen) played fantastic tennis in my second round match, so I had to be prepared for it. Fortunately, up until a point. I was almost taken by surprise by him.However, I do believe that entering a Slam requires having both mindsets.

Paul, an Australian Open 2023 semifinalist, is no stranger to the Grand Slam scene, even though a Wimbledon quarterfinal would be a career first.

Here at the All England Club, we’re waiting to see how things pan out.


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