Andy Murray route to the Wimbledon 2015 final

The Scot faces a tough task if he is to clinch a second title

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Andy Murray may have to beat every other member of the 'big four' if he is to add a second title to his 2013 Wimbledon triumph.

Here, we take a look at his possible route to the 2015 title...

Round 1 - Mikhail Kukushkin

The world number 58 from Kazakhstan. The 27-year-old has met Murray twice before and lost both. The most recent meeting was at the 2012 Australian Open which Murray won in straight sets.

Round 2 - Robin Haase

Murray last played the world number 73 at last year's US Open, winning over four sets. It was his fourth meeting with the Dutch 28-year-old of which Murray has won three. The only victory for Haase came in their first meeting back in 2008.

 

Round 3 - Andreas Seppi

Like Haase, the only time Seppi managed to beat Murray was when they first played each other back in 2006. Although that victory for the world number 27 came on grass which might give the Italian some hope. They've met six times since and Murray has won the lot. The most recent was on clay in the Davis Cup last year.

Round 4 - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

The French world number 12 will offer the first real test of Murray's Wimbledon credentials. The 30-year-old has the capability to beat the best on his day, although he will have to upset the form book if he is to defeat Murray. The Scot leads 10-3 in the head-to-head stakes and has lost just once in their last 10 meetings. They met in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon 2012 with Murray recovering from a first-set loss to win over four.

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Quarter-final - Rafael Nadal/David Ferrer

Nadal is the loose cannon in the draw - seeded at number 10 and threatening to make a mockery of that placing. Should he reach the quarter-finals, Murray will be taking on a player he has met three times at Wimbledon and never beaten. Nadal might not be in peak form but with 14 Grand Slams under his belt, this could be a really tough test.

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Rafael Nadal

 

It could well be that Ferrer is the player awaiting Murray, with the Spaniard ranked number seven in the world at the moment. He and Murray met in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 2012 where Murray advanced over four sets. They last played at this year's French Open, with Murray winning that particular quarter-final as well.

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Ferrer against Murray at the French Open

 

Semi-final - Roger Federer

The world number two has been written off a few times over recent years and whilst he remains without a Grand Slam victory since victory at Wimbledon in 2012, he continues to go deep in nearly every tournament he plays and looks capable of going the whole way. Murray enjoys an enviable record against the Swiss compared to most - with 11 victories and 12 defeats. Their most recent meeting saw Federer win at the ATP World Tour Finals last year whilst Murray's most recent win against the 17-time Grand Slam winner came in the semi-finals of the 2013 Australian Open. They last met at Wimbledon in the 2012 final which left a defeated Murray in tears. However, they did play on the grass courts of the All England Club a few weeks later in the Olympic final, in which Murray won gold.

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Murray reached the first Wimbledon final of his career in 2012 - but was beaten by Federer

 

Final - Novak Djokovic

Until the French Open final, Djokovic looked unstoppable. But Stan Wawrinka proved that the Serb can be beaten and with it gave everyone else hope that the world number one won't simply march to a third Wimbledon title. Djokovic holds an impressive 19-8 head-to-head record over the player born a week before him. However, there are some positives for Murray to take from their previous meetings. Murray's last two victories over Djokovic came in Grand Slam finals - the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon. Also, they've only ever met twice on grass - and Murray has won both. That 2013 final and at the Olympics the year before.

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Murray and Djokovic embrace after the five-set thriller at this year's French Open

 

Djokovic though has won the last eight meetings, the most recent of which was in the semi-finals at this year's French Open.

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