McEnroe reveals Djokovic's real rival in Melbourne: Dimitrov

The former legendary US tennis player believes that the Bulgarian could be the most dangerous opponent for the Serb

by Lorenzo Ciotti
McEnroe reveals Djokovic's real rival in Melbourne: Dimitrov
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Novak Djokovic, defending champion and winner of 10 titles in Mebourne throughout his career, is the big favorite for the final victory at the Australian Open 2024.

Behind him are the three tennis players behind him in the rankings, who did so well last season, Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev and Jannik Sinner, in order of ranking. But there are those who see in a possible antagonist of the Serbian champion another player in full form, who also brought home a title at the start of the season, Grigor Dimitrov.

"If I had to pick someone who could sneak in, so to speak, and I'm very happy to see that at this stage of his career he has the potential to do something he's never even come close to doing, I would pick Dimitrov. The guy happens to be one of the top five or six in the world. I would consider him, even if he's like 12th or 14th in the world," explained legendary US player John McEnore.

After some preparatory tournaments in Australia, such as Brisbane and Adelaide, the long-awaited moment of the Australian Open has arrived. Many players vying to lift the prestigious trophy in Melbourne.

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McEnroe: "I think Rafael Nadal will never play again"

A few days ago the former US legend also spoke about the new injury suffered by Rafael Nadal, forced to miss the Happy Slams: "I'm not even remotely comparing myself to Rafa, but in my mind the few times I played in Australia it was to prepare for the rest of the year.

It was a tough time to be able to put all the chips on the table at the start. Players have now accepted the fact that the Australian Open has become more important than Wimbledon and the US Open. When I played, the best didn't even play. The road has been long," said the American.

McEnroe then added: "I think Rafa was hoping: I hope to be ready for the French tournament, to see if my body holds up. If not, I think he won't play anymore. Obviously we all hope he can do it, because Rafa has been extraordinary for the game. We would like to see him as long as possible."