Novak Djokovic is determined: he wants to be the top Grand Slam title winner. He already holds the record for weeks as the longest-established player at the top of the world rankings and now only this runs through his mind.
He declared it more than once: "My goals are to continue winning Grand Slams." In that sense, it is understood that he puts all the strength of him to reach his 20th 'big' trophy and, in this way, he can reach Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the top of the standings.
And, indeed, he is four triumphs away from achieving that feat, which seemed unthinkable a decade ago. The Serbian defeated Denis Kudla without complications 6-4, 6-3 and 7-6 (7) in two hours and 16 minutes of play in the framework of the third round of Wimbledon.
Although the American stood up to him and even tried to play as 'equals' the best tennis player of today, the clean and jerk and optimism lasted just one set. So much so that after giving up his serve at 4-5 of the first set, Nole stepped on the accelerator and made it clear to him who was the boss on Track 1 of the All England and Lawn Tennis Club.
In fact, he displayed all his talent and gave a new sample to understand the versatility of adapting him to any surface. It is that he makes normal what seems impossible for any of the mortals. Even Stefanos Tsitsipas, who lost in the Roland Garros final against Djokovic himself, said that "the most difficult thing in tennis is the adaptation of clay to grass."
However, it is not a problem for a true escapist, who elevates his game to another dimension.
Djokovic is the favorite to lift a sixth title at Wimbledon
Dominic Thiem believes Novak Djokovic is the overwhelming favorite to lift a sixth title at Wimbledon this year, but claims that Roger Federer can never be written off.
"Novak is the absolute top favorite," Thiem said. "Sascha, Medvedev and Berrettini can be dangerous. Never write off Federer. He's such a legend, such a good player. I'm looking forward to the matches. I'd rather be there but it's still interesting to watch from a distance."
Thiem sustained a wrist injury late in the first set of his second-round match against Adrian Mannarino in Mallorca. "I wasn't allowed to do anything for the first few days except abs and back exercises, now I can slowly start running again," continued the Austrian.
"I'm trying to get my endurance back to a good level so that, as soon as I'm allowed to pick up the racket again, I'm 100% physically."