1978 US Open runner-up Pam Shriver thinks Novak Djokovic will be extremely motivated to win Wimbledon as she feels the Serb simply does not want to allow Rafael Nadal to go up by three Grand Slams on him. Djokovic, 35, was denied participation at the Australian Open, while he suffered a quarterfinal exit at the French Open.
On the other side, Nadal claimed victories at the Australian Open and French Open as now he is a record 22-time Grand Slam champion. Going into Wimbledon, Djokovic is desperate to win his 21st Grand Slam and stay alive in the Grand Slam race.
"He is my favorite to win. His grass-court game is superb, he’s won the last two Wimbledons played, and I feel like the French Open getting back to the five-set format, I think he’ll be much more ready for this compared to Paris.
Playing grass for him is a different ball game compared to clay. He has the hunger and desire to do well. He won’t want Nadal to go three Grand Slams ahead of him after defeat in France and the debacle in Australia earlier this year," Shriver told Pickswise.
Shriver: I think Djokovic will find a way to win
Djokovic is a six-time Wimbledon champion and he has won the tournament's past three editions. "I think he’ll find a way to win, he’s my number one pick.
His movement on grass is unbelievable, he’s learned how to be a bigger server on grass, and he’s still the best returner in the game. I wish he played a pre-tournament warm-up, but I have a feeling that after all the clay-court tournaments he played in the spring, he must have felt like he was running on empty after the quarter-final defeat in the French Open," Shriver added. In the Wimbledon first round, defending champion Djokovic faces Sonwoo Kwon.