Novak Djokovic's 2022 was very complicated. The Serbian champion was 'eliminated' from the Australian Open due to the decision not to carry out the vaccine and had several problems in succession. With the victory in Rome Nole seemed to be back in the old days but did not go beyond the quarter-finals at Roland Garros where he succumbed to his long-time rival Rafa Nadal.
In any case, Djokovic will lose the points from last year's victory, but the Serbian wants to recover and approach Rafa Nadal in the eternal fight for the Grand Slam tournaments. Rafa is now driving at an altitude of 22 while chasing Roger and Novak further back at an altitude of 20.
In the fight against the GOAT, the Serbian tennis player can no longer afford to lose ground compared to the Majorcan champion. A few hours ago the scoreboards for the Wimbledon 2022 tournament were announced where Novak Djokovic will defend the title starting from seed number One.
In the first round Novak will face the Korean Kwon, a good opponent but not irresistible on the grass. Second challenge immediately a bit complicated with Nole who could face the Australian tennis player Thanasi Kokkinakis.
Possible derby instead with the Serbian tennis player Miomir Kecmanovic, favorite over Millman and his compatriot Djere. The reigning champion could face one between Reilly Opelka and the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, but beware of the surprise.
In the round of 16 Nole could face Dutch Tim Van Rijthoven, a recent big surprise and winner at Hertogenbosch.
Shriver opens up on Djokovic
21-time doubles Grand Slam champion Pam Shriver, speaking to PICKSWISE, said Novak Djokovic will be gunning to win his first Major of the year.
“He has the hunger and desire to do well. He won’t want [Rafael] Nadal to go three Grand Slams ahead of him after defeat in France and the debacle in Australia earlier this year,” Shriver said. “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,” Shriver said.
“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,” she added.