The third Grand Slam tournament of the season, Wimbledon, is ahead of us and the biggest question before the tournament, as always, is – who will win the title?
Novak Djokovic finally won the title on Roland Garros and completed his career Grand Slam. He additionally became the first man after Rod Laver in 1969 who is the winner of the latest four Grand Slam titles, the achievement which Nadal and Federer failed to complete. The next goal for the amazing Serb will be winning a calendar Grand Slam and a gold medal on the Olympic Games, but will that be too much, even for him?
Andy Murray, as world number two and the home soil player, will be his greatest rival, of course. Murray was devastated after another defeat in the mayor’s finals on French Open, but he is clearly dedicated to chasing Djokovic and improving his game, since he announced he will work with Ivan Lendl, the man who led him to his previous Grand Slam titles. Murray will certainly be on his maximum on Wimbledon, while it is unclear how Djokovic will perform. We must have in mind that he completed a career Grand Slam only one month ago, he fulfilled all his dreams, so a loss of form and focus won’t be surprising.
Roger Federer, seven times champion on Wimbledon, is the man who shouldn’t be underestimated, but his current form is clearly not enough for him to hope for a good result here. Federer was the only top player who played two grass court tournaments prior to Wimbledon and despite having only opponents outside the top ten, he was defeated against youngsters Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev. However, he is certainly not fully fit and his performances on Wimbledon will greatly depend of his level of fitness.
Rafael Nadal won’t be able to participate in this year’s Wimbledon. The Spaniard worked hard to make his way back into the top five and put everything on the line to win the historic 10th title on Roland Garros. He probably showed the most in the first two round of the tournament, but he had to pull out because of the wrist injury and he shortly announced he won’t be able to play on Wimbledon also. Even for a mentally stable player such as Nadal, that might be devastating for his career and it is a big question if the Spaniard will manage to win more Grand Slam trophies before he retires.
Thiem and Zverev showed in the last couple of months that they are ready to challenge the best players and even defeat them. Kyrgios, Coric, Chung and other young players will certainly try to join them and announce that the NextGen stars are taking over the world of tennis.