Former 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert says Rafael Nadal "can absolutely win Wimbledon" but still she thinks it will be Novak Djokovc who will lift the title. Nadal, 36, underwent a successful foot treatment in Spain after the French Open and he is now competing at Wimbledon for the first time since 2019.
Nadal is a two-time Wimbledon champion, having won the tournament in 2008 and 2010. In his last Wimbledon appearance, Nadal made the semifinal before losing to Roger Federer. "Nadal can absolutely win here if his foot holds up.
He is a great grass-court player who has improved every year to shorten his swing, shorten his rallies, and he is effective at the net, winning more points than before. You could never count him out," Evert said, per Sportskeeda.
Evert: Nadal can win but Djokovic is the top favorite
Djokovic, 35, is a six-time Wimbledon champion and he has won the tournament's past three editions. Evert feels Djokovic is definitely the man to beat at this year's Wimbledon.
"Djokovic will win because he loves the grass and is comfortable with his footing and mobility on a sometimes tricky surface. He has the best serve and return combination and mentally, he is solid as a rock," Evert said.
Brad Gilbert also offered his thoughts on the Wimbledon title candidates as he said that Djokovic is the top favorite but that Nadal can win as well. "I think Djokovic is the clear favorite here. A year ago, I would've taken Djokovic versus the field here, but a year later, he hasn't played as well as 2021.
He is still the best player in the world on grass, but this is not a sure thing by any means. Nadal is coming off an incredible run at the French and is halfway to the calendar Slam. If he gets through the first week, Nadal is definitely in play," Gilbert said.
Nadal is now a record 22-time Grand Slam champion, while Djokovic has 20 Majors. Djokovic simply can't allow Nadal to win Wimbledon if he wants to remain alive in the Grand Slam title race.