Perhaps never like this year, Novak Djokovic is the big favorite for the win at Wimbledon 2021. The world number 1, who has already triumphed five times in London (as well as being the defending champion), is enjoying an impeccable season in the Grand Slam tournaments.
The 34-years-old from Belgrade deservedly triumphed at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros, fueling his hopes of achieving the Calendar Golden Slam. The Serbian champion will also go hunting for the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, next month.
In a lengthy interview on Tennis.com, former WTA star Daniela Hantuchova noted that Nole has been greatly helped by the current struggles of her eternal rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
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The Spaniard has given up on Wimbledon and the Olympics to recharge his batteries, while the Swiss, at the age of 40 years-old and back from twosurgeries, is very far from top shape.
Added to this is the discontinuity of the Next Gen, which still struggle to withstand the pressure in the long term. Hantuchova said: "The fact that Rafael Nadal is not playing and that Roger Federer has struggled to find his usual form, has undoubtedly helped Novak Djokovic.
With these two factors in his favor, it wouldn't surprise me if Nole managed to win all four Grand Slams and gold in Tokyo. Beyond these considerations, Djokovic has shown that he is a cut above all the others. The victory in Paris was emblematic: he eliminated Nadal in the semifinals and was two sets down against Tsitsipas in the final, but he still found a way out.
It could be the best moment of his entire career. Even though he is getting older, he has a lot more experience than his young opponents and this aspect makes him feel more confident. Mentally and physically he is on another level compared to the competition, so for me he is the favorite in every single event of 2021."