'Novak Djokovic is just head and shoulders above...', says former ATP star



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'Novak Djokovic is just head and shoulders above...', says former ATP star

The 2021 edition of Wimbledon kicks off on Monday, which will have an even more special flavor after last year's cancellation due to the pandemic. The big favorite for the final victory is undoubtedly Novak Djokovic, who has imposed himself in the last two editions of the London Slam (complete with match points canceled by Roger Federer two years ago).

The number 1 in the world has won the first two majors of 2021, which is why he has concrete Grand Slam ambitions this year. The 19-time Grand Slam champion first trained in London on Saturday after playing doubles in Mallorca.

As a defending champion, his debut is scheduled for Monday against local darling Jack Draper. The latter gave a very good return to Queen's, where he was able to show off by eliminating Jannik Sinner on his debut. The 34-year-old Serbian has every intention of lifting his sixth trophy at the Championships, also taking advantage of Rafael Nadal's forfeit and Federer's current difficulties.

Former ATP player Nicolas Pereira - who works as a coach and analyst for the Tennis Channel - analyzed the Belgrade veteran's draw in detail.

Novak Djokovic is set to defend his title at the Wimbledon Championships

“Well [Jack] Draper, it’s not easy, but Novak Djokovic is just head and shoulders above the competition.

Kevin Anderson has not seen much action,” Nicolas Pereira told Tennis Channel Live. “[Alejandro] Davidovich Fokina just retired with an injury [in Eastbourne]. But when it comes to Djokovic, he just feels so comfortable and he is the defending champion after beating [Roger] Federer in that wonderful final a couple of years ago.

He’s not looking past that Draper match, but I really like his chances this year at Wimbledon. Well [Andrey] Rublev got to the finals in Halle, but we saw what happened with [Ugo] Humbert. [Rublev is] not the greatest of movers on the grass, I don’t think he’s totally comfortable inside the lines as well.

Not a whole lot of grass court specialists on that side of the draw”. If all goes well, he may face arch-rival Roger Federer in the final, provided he makes it through his six matches. Or else, he could face Germany’s Alexander Zverev or Daniil Medvedev.

There is also a possibility of him facing Italian player Matteo Berrettini in the final. The Italian is on a good run, winning the title in Queen’s last week. The Wimbledon Championships 2021 main draw begins on Monday, the 28th of June, and will end on Sunday, the 11th of July.

The five-time champion will begin proceedings on the Center Court on Monday afternoon, following the usual protocol of the All England Club. It will be interesting to see how the Serb performs, giving the red h*t form he has been in.