Nikola Pilic: Rafael Nadal would have lost to Novak Djokovic in Wimbledon final

Injury forced Nadal to withdraw from his Wimbledon semifinal match.

by Dzevad Mesic
Nikola Pilic: Rafael Nadal would have lost to Novak Djokovic in Wimbledon final

1973 French Open finalist Nikola Pilic feels winning this year's Wimbledon title was very important for Novak Djokovic. After being denied participation at the Australian Open and then suffering a disappointing quarterfinal defeat in the French Open quarterfinal, Djokovic bounced back at Wimbledon and won his first Grand Slam title of the year.

In the Wimbledon final, Djokovic defeated Nick Kyrgios 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 (3). “A very important tournament for Novak, more important than any before," Pilic told Sport Klub. Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were projected to meet in the Wimbledon final but an abdominal injury forced to Spaniard to give Kyrgios a walkover in the semifinal.

Pilic: Djokovic would have certainly beaten Nadal

“Nadal didn’t play well the whole tournament,” Pilic said. “He struggled with form, I don’t think he could beat Djokovic in the final. I’m pretty sure of that”.

Now, Djokovic has 21 Grand Slam titles in his collection but Nadal still owns a record 22 Grand Slams. Roger Federer is now at the third place with 20 Grand Slams. Even though Djokovic is not the owner of the all-time Grand Slam record, Pilic says the Serb is undoubtedly better than Federer and Nadal.

“Novak is better than Nadal and Federer by all parameters,” Pilic insisted. “He was the number one player in the world for 374 weeks, which is impressive. Also, no one except him has won all the Grand Slam titles twice, and Novak has a positive head-to-head with almost all players." Meanwhile, Djokovic is now hoping to get a chance to compete at the US Open.

As it stands now, Djokovic won't be allowed to enter the United States for the US Open. The US vaccine laws require individuals to show proof of vaccination upon entering the country and Djokovic doesn't have one. It remains to be seen if Djokovic will be allowed in the end to compete at the US Open.

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