Mats Wilander thinks Novak Djokovic can tie Roger Federer's Wimbledon record



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Mats Wilander thinks Novak Djokovic can tie Roger Federer's Wimbledon record

Eurosport tennis expert Mats Wilander feels Novak Djokovic has "a good chance" of tying Roger Federer's all-time Wimbledon record. Federer, 40, owns a record eight Wimbledon titles. Djokovic, 35, is a six-time Wimbledon champion and he is bidding to win his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title.

Federer is not competing at Wimbledon this year, while Djokovic has been through to the last-16 following a straight-set win over Miomir Kecmanovic. "I do believe he has a good chance," Wilander told Eurosport, when asked about Djokovic's chances of tying Federer's Wimbledon record.

"I think that he is clearly the best player on grass and has been for the last few years. He's getting better every time I see him play. It's more clear to him what he needs to do on the grass court, how he needs to move when he can slide to not slip and the way he has understood to move on a grass court.

There's a really good chance he reaches eight Wimbledon titles and that he ends up with the most Grand Slam titles out of all of them. But of course a certain Rafa Nadal keeps surprising us."

Wilander: Federer, Serena Williams' absence could explain low crowds at Wimbledon

Wimbledon is experiencing a drop in crowd numbers this year and Wilander suspects it has something to do with Federer not playing and Williams losing early.

For the first time since 1998, Wimbledon is taking place without Federer participating. On the other side, Williams made her long-awaited singles return at Wimbledon but suffered a tight first round loss to Harmony Tan.

“I thought it was pretty much full every day since I've been here since the early 80s,” Wilander said. “But, I'm not sure what you put that [low crowds] down to, to be honest. Obviously something can have to do with Roger Federer not playing, Serena Williams going out early, but yeah, I'm not sure. That's obviously a concern”.