World no. 1 Novak Djokovic is the player to beat ahead of the season’s third Major at Wimbledon. Novak claimed titles at the Australian Open and Roland Garros and will seek the same outcome at the All England Club, where he claimed five crowns in the past nine editions. If he beats seven rivals, Novak will join Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 Major titles and make the GOAT race closer than ever. Todd Woodbridge puts Novak in the driving seat ahead of Wimbledon, saying he is the top favorite to lift another trophy at the world’s most prestigious tennis events. Wimbledon had to close its gates last year for the first time since 1945 and will welcome the players again next week.
Two years ago, Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in a memorable final to lift the fifth Wimbledon trophy. Novak saved two match points in a 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 victory, prevailing in the longest Wimbledon final ever to write history books! Federer won 14 points more than Djokovic and scored four breaks more than the defending champion while wasting two match points on serve at 8-7 in the decider. Novak produced nerves of steel in all three tie breaks to grab the 16th Major title, failing to create a break chance in the opening two hours and 15 minutes and still building the advantage! Federer led 5-3 in the opening set’s tie break before dropping four straight points to hand it to Djokovic, who hit no winners or errors in those ten points.
Todd Woodbridge backs Novak Djokovic to chase the 20th Major title at Wimbledon.
The Swiss quickly left this setback behind him, storming over the Serb to grab the second set 6-1 and standing as the better player in the third but wasting a break chance that installed the second tie break. Novak clinched it 7-4 after Roger’s six errors, four in an unforced area from the backhand wing that cost him a slow start and the better finish. After all kinds of drama in the deciding set and survived games 16 and 23, Novak was the favorite in the crucial tie break that he claimed 7-3 to wrap up the title and one of his most extraordinary victories ever.
“The Golden Slam is very much on the cards; there is no doubt about that. What Novak managed to produce in Paris, in two comebacks from two sets to love down, is some of the best mental stuff you’ll ever see. Now, he does get a bit extreme at times on the court, but he’s an athlete who can focus on what he needs to do to get the result done. Coming from two sets to love down against Stefanos Tsitsipas was a fantastic effort. And he’s just freshening up; he is down in Mallorca on grass courts to get ready for Wimbledon. He most definitely goes as a heavy favorite at Wimbledon,” Todd Woodbridge said.