'Rafael Nadal has improved every year to shorten his...', says legend



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'Rafael Nadal has improved every year to shorten his...', says legend

One hundred twenty-eight competitors line up for the men's singles at the 135th edition of The Championships in a year that Center Court celebrates its centenary. Who will be the last man standing in this historic edition of the Grass Slam around teatime on Sunday 10 July? Perhaps the men's champion will emerge from a group of players who could be considered true title contenders.

Novak Djokovic The Serbian tops the list of favorites as a six-time champion and a player who has not lost a match at Wimbledon since 2017. Despite a slow start to the year and a lack of matches since early December 2021, he was even able to Kicking off his clay-court season in April, it will take a phenomenal performance to stop the 20-time Grand Slam winner.

Djokovic enters the tournament without a grass-court exit since last year, but his draw is favorable and his passage should be trouble-free at least well into the second week. If he is successful, the 35-year-old will become the fourth man in the Open era to win four consecutive Wimbledon titles, joining Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer in an exclusive club.

Rafael Nadal Some would put Matteo Berrettini ahead of Nadal in the pecking order but, as the No. 2 seed and a man who is undefeated at Grand Slams so far this year, it's impossible not to include the Spaniard at the top of the ranking.

ready. The 22-time Grand Slam winner has reportedly undergone radiofrequency ablation (RFA) to help his long-term chronic left foot injury that has caused so much trouble, particularly in the last 12 months.

Chris Evert praises Rafa Nadal

Former World No.

1 Chris Evert praised Rafael Nadal's ability to improve every year and said that he could win if he remains fit. "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. Although former World No. 4 Brad Gilbert's first pick is six-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, he believes that Nadal could be dangerous if he gets to the second week.

"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.