Novak Djokovic is a five-time champion at Wimbledon. And when the Serbian superstar arrives at SW19, he carries the momentum of victories in the first two Majors of the year: the Australian Open and Roland Garros. Could world No.
1 win the calendar-year Grand Slam? “I gave myself a good chance to do it, obviously winning the Australian Open and Roland Garros. But look, there is still a long way to go to reach that super achievement," said Djokovic in Mallorca.
“I will try to do it, without a doubt. I'm going to play Wimbledon and hope I can get my hands on the Wimbledon trophy again. "There will be a lot of history at stake for Djokovic in London, where he is the two-time defending champion.
Although the Grass-court Major was not held in 2020 due to COVID-19, Djokovic triumphed there most recently in 2018 and 2019. No man has won three consecutive Wimbledon titles since Roger Federer lifted five trophies in a row from 2003 to 2007.
“Hopefully I can keep that streak going. I feel good on the grass. I think I have improved a lot with my grass game over the years," said Djokovic. "Every Grand Slam is probably like Mount Everest for a tennis player to climb.
It's a two-week, 128-player, best-of-five event. So much is happening on and off the court, so there is a lot of pressure. "I know how to deal with it so I'll take one tournament at a time and then we'll see," he said.
After lifting the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for the second time, Djokovic now has 19 Grand Slam titles, putting him just one behind Federer and Rafael Nadal on the all-time list. That would make the Serb's victory in SW19 even more historic.
“I will definitely go for the title at Wimbledon, the US Open and any other tournament and any other Slam that I play. I always have the highest ambition and expectations of myself, but I try to be in the present moment,” said Djokovic.
Djokovic and Draper will open play on Wimbledon's Centre Court
Novak Djokovic and Jack Draper will open play on Wimbledon's prestigious Centre Court this fortnight, as tradition dictates that the first match on Centre Court should feature the defending champion.
"I'm very excited to be playing on the biggest stage in tennis against Wimbledon’s defending champion and the World No. 1 1," Draper said. "Looking forward to getting out there on Monday. I really want to go out on the court and do my best.
It will be a very tough game, but I will try to play my best tennis and create a lot of problems for him," Draper added. Jack Draper is currently ranked 250th in the world, but that number doesn't do justice to his talent.
Draper is just 19 but he's already among the 10 highest-ranked British male players, and many believe he will eventually claim the top spot in that list.