'Novak Djokovic's biggest obstacle to me is if his body...', says legend



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'Novak Djokovic's biggest obstacle to me is if his body...', says legend

Novak Djokovic already knows the path he will have in the next edition of Wimbledon. The 24-year-old Serbian tennis player, current world number one, will clearly start as the big favorite for the title. After his week at the Mallorca Open, where he performed in doubles, “Nole” will face the third big date of his season with the aim of keeping the dream of the perfect Grand Slam alive.

Today the draw for the main draw took place, and for now, the Swiss Roger Federer could only face him in a hypothetical final. The first on the chart will debut against home player Jack Draper, who made a welcome impression on Queen's ATP 500 where he made it to the quarterfinals.

Obviously this will be the first time that they see each other on the professional circuit. In the second instance, he would face the winner of the duel between South African Kevin Anderson and Chilean Marcelo Tomas Barrios.

A possible confrontation with a tennis player like Anderson on the grass can scare anyone. The first seed to come his way is Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, number 30, who could be his rival in the third round. Already for the round of 16, he could meet the Frenchman Gael Monfils (13) or the Chilean Cristian Garín (17).

In the quarters, the degree of complexity would rise notably, since that part could be the Russian Andrey Rublev (5), the Argentine Diego Schwartzman (9) or the Italians Jannik Sinner (19) and Fabio Fognini (26). In a hypothetical semifinal, the most dangerous rivals point to being the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (3), the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut (8) or the Canadian Denis Shapovalov (10).

And in case of being in the final, as logic indicates, he could collide with Federer (2), the Russian Daniil Medvedev (2) or the German Alexander Zverev (4).

John McEnroe opens up on Novak Djokovic

Seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe is impressed by the confidence Novak Djokovic is displaying by talking about the potential feat.

“His biggest obstacle to me is if his body holds up through this. It looks amazing. He looked phenomenal. He’s halfway home. He won the tougher one,” McEnroe told the media. “He’s the best player that ever lived, I would say, on hard courts.

If he’s able to maintain his health through this, I mean, I think he’s got a great shot at winning the Slam. I guess that means he’s going to go to Tokyo, which would be phenomenal for Serbia. I was wondering whether he’d do that.

At this point the fact that he’s saying it shows you how much he believes he can do it. Normally you wouldn’t bring that up. It’s like saying, I’m about to pitch a no-hitter after six innings. That’s pretty gutsy in itself, shows you how confident he is”.