Monday June 27, 2022

Novak Djokovic has arrived at Wimbledon The six-time winner of this tournament has started training today in London and thus officially begins the search for his 21st Grand Slam title. Last season, the 35-year-old Serbian, thanks to win number six in London, had achieved the feat of overtaking Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the top spot in Slams won.

The Grand Slam loss to Daniil Medvedev at the US Open, the controversy surrounding his Covid-19 unvaccinated status with consequent exclusion at the Australian Open, and the quarter-final loss at Roland Garros , caused Djokovic to fall behind Nadal, who won the titles in Melbourne and Paris, thus stretching his advantage over his rivals to +2.

Novak Djokovic, in this Wimbledon, will start on paper as the number 1 favorite, due to the more than positive score that he has in this Grand Slam. He has won six of the seven finals played. The only loss in the last act came in 2013 against Andy Murray.

If we exclude that edition, whenever the Serb has reached the final he has won: in 2011 against Nadal, in 2014, 2015 and 2019 (where he managed to save two match points on his rival’s serve) against Federer, in 2018 against Anderson and last year against Berrettini.

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Overall at Wimbledon he has posted an impressive 79 wins, third all time behind Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors, with 105 and 79, respectively. In case of semifinals, he could surpass the American in this special classification.

Davydenko reflects on Djokovic

Nikolay Davydenko believes Novak Djokovic has a great chance to close the gap in the all-time Grand Slam title race at the upcoming Wimbledon Championships. “He [Novak Djokovic] is getting older now, it will be interesting, but I am sure he wants to win a few more Slams.

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He has a good chance in Wimbledon and at the US Open, provided that he plays. Depends on his preparation,” Davydenko said. The former Russian player does not see the Serbian playing until the age of 40 however. “Next season, I don’t know – with every year, it gets harder when you get to a certain age.

I don’t think he will play until he is 40 – to win Slams at 40, best of five, there is no chance, not possible,” Davydenko said. The Serbian, in terms of winning percentage, is still third with 88.76%, but this time behind Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras, with 92.73% and 90.00%, respectively.


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