Rafael Nadal’s hope of winning Wimbledon for the first time in more than a decade and making good progress towards the calendar year is about meeting familiar enemies at Novak Djokovic and expanding his dominance at Grass Court Major.
Or for the first time in his career, the Spaniards have the chance to be the first man to win all four majors in the same year since Rod Laver achieved a feat in 1969, winning consecutive Australian and French Open titles. there is.
Serbian Djokovic won the first three Grand Slams last season but was unable to finish one match after losing to Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final.
It was his 20th major title when Djokovic won Wimbledon for the sixth and third time in a row in 2021.
35-year-old Djokovic hasn’t won a major while Federer hasn’t played since last year’s Wimbledon.
Djokovic fans said that Nadaru’s work at Melbourne Park this year did not have to defeat Serbs who were not allowed to defend the Australian Open title due to their unvaccinated status against COVID-19. Claims that it was relatively easy.
36-year-old Nadal, who hasn’t played for Wimbledon since losing to Wimbledon in the 2019 semifinals to Federer, defeated Djokovic in this month’s Rogerland Garos quarterfinals and is now 14th and major at the record French Open. I won the 22nd victory. ..
Nadaru’s chronic foot problems will be refocused, but his work at Wimbledon, which won 2008 and 2010, is expected to be more difficult as Djokovic is undefeated in 21 games. ..
Djokovic is the top seed and Nadal is second, as Medvedev, the number one in the world, has been banned and Alexander Zverev, who is second, is missing due to an injury.
Duos can only meet in the final on July 10th if they proceed with a draw.
Eurosport expert Alex Corretcha said, “Novak was so strong that he could probably be the winner.”
“He’s winning there. He’s a defending champion and it’s going to be very difficult to beat him. He offers great service, returns to perfection, moves well and plays deeply.
“So I don’t think many people really feel that they can beat Novak’s top five on the grass.”
Last year’s runner-up Matteo Berrettini envisions a chance to challenge Djokovic by winning the title on the grass of Stuttgart and Queens.
Berrettini of the Big Serving suffered the only defeat in the 2021 Wimbledon final, winning 20 of the last 21 games.
Hubert Hurkacz of Poland is also one of the challengers after defeating Medvejev at the ATP 500 Glass Court Tournament in Halle, Germany on Sunday.
Andy Murray of the UK and Nick Kyrgios of Australia, who have won the trophy twice at Wimbledon’s center court, pose an unseeded threat.
Murray in 51st place showed a strong glass coat shape at the runner-up finish in Stuttgart, but was competing with time to get in shape after suffering an abdominal injury when he lost to Berrettini. increase.
Whimsical Kyrgios skips the clay court season to prepare the grass and considers himself a top 5 and top 10 level player.
The 45th Australian made it to the semi-finals with Stuttgart and Halle.
“If I participated in the Wimbledon draw and was seeded, I would pray not to play Kyrgios in the first round,” Corretcha said. “It’s very difficult to play against him. His serve is probably one of the best serves on the tour right now.”