Novak Djokovic chases number six at Wimbledon

Is there anyone that can stand in Novak Dokovic's way from winning his sixth Wimbledon title Photo: Wimbledon

The Wimbledon Championship kicks off tonight and the undisputed favourite heading in will be Novak Djokovic, but are there three others who could claim the title.

It’s been two years since tennis fans have been treated to tennis’ oldest tournament. In 2019 Novak Djokovic claimed his fifth Wimbledon title, in 2021 he’s chasing his sixth and his 20th Grand Slam title, equalling Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s record.

Whilst the Women’s Singles event couldn’t be more open, the question for the Men’s singles is anyone able to stop Djokovic?

Novak Djokovic – 1st Seed

Fresh off the back of a successful French Open campaign, much like most of the tour, the world number one hasn’t spent much time on grass in the lead up to The Championships.

That shouldn’t be a problem for the 34-year-old, due to the French Open’s delayed by a week the top players have only had the chance to play one or two tournaments in the lead up. Djokovic didn’t get the chance to play singles in that time but had a successful campaign at the Mallorca Open in Men’s Doubles reaching the final, but ultimately withdrawing due to partner Carlos Gómez-Herrera suffering an injury.

Once again Djokovic is on the more compelling side of the draw, alongside Tsitsipas, Rublev and Andy Murray. He’ll face hurdles over the tournament starting with wildcard Jack Draper but the biggest challenge will be his own composure.

Daniil Medvedev – 2nd Seed

It’s hard to believe that until last week Daniil Medvedev had never won a grass title. The 25-year-old’s love of tennis has been on display in the past month, finally putting his French Open demons to rest and confirming he’ll be a part of the Russian contingent heading to Tokyo.

That love won’t be enough to carry him to a first Grand Slam title, but his shift in attitude has only helped his game. At the Mallorca Open he only dropped one set total, against 15th in the world Pablo Carreño Busta in the semi final, breezing past both Casper Rudd and Sam Querrey, he hasn’t looked so comfortable on grass in his career.

There’s a clear path to the final for Medvedev but it’s won’t be an easy one. Having never made it past the third round at Wimbledon, that is where he’ll likely come unstuck, a matchup against Marin Čilić is all but certain, should he reach the quarter-finals fans would love to see the Russian take on Federer.

First he’ll have to get past Jan-Lennard Struff, who found form in Paris last month reaching the round of 16 at the clay major.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas – 3rd Seed

2021 has been a banner year for Stefanos Tsitsipas, finally breaking into the top four following his maiden Grand Slam Final at Roland Garros, Tsitsipas isn’t short of confidence and he won’t be rattled by giving up a two sets to love lead against Djokovic in the final.

Fans haven’t seen the third seed since the French Open final last month but the brief rest could help Tsitsipas more than it hurt him. None of the top players has had a ton of match time on grass and a few matches in doubles alongside his brother Petros will be an asset as Tsitsipas chases his first Grand Slam Title.

Unfortunately for Tsitsipas, he fell on Djokovic’s side of the draw. He’ll have a number of challenges along the way, namely a potential fourth round match against Australian Alex De Minaur who recently claimed his first grass title. In the first round he’ll be up against American Frances Tiafoe.

Roger Federer – 6th Seed

If Djokovic’s always a chance at the Australian Open and no one would dare count out Nadal at Roland Garros, then Federer will always be considered a contender at Wimbledon. Potentially the last time we’ll see the 39-year-old take the court at a Grand Slam there is plenty of attention on him.

In Paris the sixth seed withdrew in Federer withdrew ahead of his fourth round match against Matteo Berrettini, before then he was in elite form but what was held him back was his body, preventing the world from seeing the Roger they all know and love.

He wasn’t quite back to his best at the Halle Open, going down in three sets to Felix Auger Aliassime since then he’s rested and trained for The Championships for the past two weeks, giving the Swiss Champion time to recover and make the most of what could be his swan song.

In the first round he’ll face Adrian Mannarino and should he make it all the way through to the quarter-finals there will be a big test against Alexander Zverev.

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