After winning four Grand Slams in a row, Novak Djokovic was defeated in the first week of Wimbledon – who will take advantage of his early exit?
After completing career Grand Slam in Paris, some of the tennis experts asked themselves how that huge achievement will affect Djokovic’s preparation for Wimbledon and the rest of the year. The ones who thought Djokovic won’t be able to continue producing spectacular results due physical and mental exhaustion were right – Djokovic crashed out of the tournament in third round and that was his first defeat before the quarterfinals since Roland Garros in 2009.
So, we will have a new Wimbledon champion next week, and who can that be?
Of course, the eyes of British public are completely on Andy Murray. Two times Grand Slam champion, and the man, who finally broke the British curse on this very tournament, winning it in 2013, is the biggest favorite to win the title. He is in a good form in 2016, he defeated Djokovic once, but he lost in both Grand Slam finals against him this year. However, with Djokovic out of the picture he will take the burden of the biggest favorite for the title, which can be a huge pressure for him and in the past that pressure took its toll on Murray in many occasions.
Roger Federer, as seven time champion here is also a man who surely can win the tournament. Last year was really good for him, although he is already veteran, he again proved he is the greatest tennis player ever. Brilliant Djokovic stopped him from winning the Grand Slam, but now he certainly feels he has the chance to win another trophy on his favorite tournament.
Juan Martin Del Potro surprised Stan Wawrinka and announced he will go back to the top, but in the next round he was eliminated by Pouille, who played a solid match, but Del Potro was nowhere near his level against Wawrinka, so another Grand Slam champion finished his participation on the tournament early.
Apart from Murray and Federer there aren’t any clear favorites for the title at the moment, but the tennis history taught us that when favorites for the title exit the tournament early, in most of the cases some young, future great, took advantage of that. So, before Cilic, Berdych and Tsonga, who played Grand Slam finals before and can defeated the top four here and there, we should closely monitor Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev, the best out of next generation stars. Although they both have some clear flaws in their game currently, they are both attack minded and don’t fear of anyone, which can bring them many successes in the future. Apart from these two, Milos Raonic seems ready to step up, he is currently the best server on the tour and so far he defeated three opponents with ease, all in straight sets.
Whatever happens, very exciting week is ahead of us!