Wimbledon 2014: Tim Henman believes Andy Murray is hitting form at the right time

Last Updated: 20/06/14 3:06pm

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Tim Henman: Backed Andy Murray to do well at Wimbledon

Tim Henman: Backed Andy Murray to do well at Wimbledon

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Former British number one Tim Henman believes Andy Murray is hitting form at the right time for Wimbledon – but Novak Djokovic will still take the title.

Murray is seeking to defend his crown after beating Djokovic in last year's final to become the first British player to win the men’s title since Fred Perry in 1936.

Following back surgery and split from coach Ivan Lendl, Murray has yet to win a tournament this year but Henman feels he is hitting form at the right time after making the semi-finals of the French Open earlier this month.

Henman, who himself made the semi-finals at SW19 on four occasions, said: “Well, I’m certainly going to be really excited to see Andy Murray coming back as defending champion.

“I think what he achieved last year was absolutely incredible and certainly with the way he played in Paris last week, I feel like he’s coming into form at the right time.

Few Brits

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“And this year there’s going to be a few Brits to watch - there’s been five British wildcards so far.

“Dan Evans, I think, is the strongest player. He qualified and made the third round last year at the US Open, so he plays well on grass.”

However, asked for his tips for the titles, Henman replied: “I think the winner of the men’s singles this year will be Novak Djokovic and I think the winner of the ladies’ singles will be Serena Williams.”

But Henman believes Croatian ace Ivo Karlovic, who reached the quarter-finals in 2009, could be a player to cause an upset or two at this year’s championships, which get underway next week.

“He missed quite a lot of tennis but it seems like he’s back playing well, he’s got such a good serve, he’s a difficult match for anyone, so I’m going to look for him to cause a few upsets this year.”

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