'Novak Djokovic’s learned how to be a bigger server on grass', says legend



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'Novak Djokovic’s learned how to be a bigger server on grass', says legend

Matteo Berrettini arrives at Wimbledon this year with a great chance. Last year's finalist returned a few weeks after a three-month absence and was immediately decisive on the grass. The Roman tennis player won first in Stuttgart and then at Queen's, repeating last year's success.

Together with Novak Djokovic and Nadal, the blue number one is the great favorite of the London grass and is among the most anticipated men. The draw of the blue is not impossible even if Matteo probably, in order to try to win the first Slam in his career, must beat both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, tennis players he has never beaten in his career.

In general, Berrettini will have a draw that is not impossible here on the grass of Wimbledon. Debut in the first round against the Chilean Garin, certainly not a surface specialist while in the second round Matteo should wait for the winner between a qualifier and a lucky loser.

In the third round possible challenge against Jenson Brooksby, seeded number 29 of the tournament. The young American is a small pitfall but he is not a specialist on this surface. A lucky draw for Berrettini in the Eighth with Diego Schwartzman as the easiest seed.

Seen possible challenge opponents against De Minaur or with a surprise, such as wild card Jack Draper or Liam Broady. In the quarter-finals Berrettini should face one of Stefanos Tsitsipas or Nick Kyrgios even if we need to understand the physical condition of the Australian tennis player.

The real problems for Matteo would come from the semifinals: first Rafa and then Nole, the top two seeds and the big favorites of the tournament. It will be tough, but Berrettini is in great shape and will try to the last to make the Wimbledon dream come true.

Pam Shriver reflects 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.