Former Australian Davis Cup captain Wally Masur says Rafael Nadal is “so stubborn” and he definitely cannot be ruled out from the Wimbledon title contention. When asked who he thinks will win Wimbledon, Masur named Novak Djokovic.
However, he is not ruling out Nadal as he believes the Spaniard is “one of the few athletes that doesn’t have PTSD when he plays Djokovic.” “There are some dangerous unseeded players; Andy Murray is such an accomplished, experienced grass-courter.
You’ve also got (players like) Marin Cilic, Reilly Opelka. It is hard to go past Djokovic; just the strength of his return game, the pressure he applies over five sets on the biggest servers in the world, he kind of takes the value of the serve away pretty quickly.
Never discount Rafael Nadal; he’s so stubborn. Curious he could win the French Open under the circumstances in which he did. Probably one of the few players that doesn’t have PTSD when he plays Novak,” Masur told the Australian Open website.
Masur not ruling out Nadal
In the same discussion, coach Simon Rea named Djokovic as the top favorite for the Wimbledon title. Rea worked with Nick Kyrgios and Sam Stosur in the past. “It’s going to take something special from someone to unseat Djokovic from that perch.
And there was nothing I saw at Roland Garros, in his performance across the fortnight at Roland Garros, and in that hotly-contested, hard-fought battle for the ages between him and Nadal, that would change my answer there.
He’s been building in momentum”. Djokovic is a six-time Wimbledon champion and he has won the tournament’s past three editions. On the other side, Nadal is a two-time Wimbledon champion and he is aiming his first Wimbledon title since 2010. Nadal has won the opening two Grand Slams of the season and he is in the running for a Calendar Grand Slam.