‘Novak Djokovic will find a way to win Wimbledon,’ says top legend
Pam Shriver has tipped Novak Djokovic to ease a year of frustration by ‘finding a way to win’ Wimbledon.
Djokovic is yet to go any further than the quarterfinals in a major this year, which is obviously highly unusual for him.
He was prevented from playing the Australian Open at all due to his vaccination status and then defeated in the last eight of Roland Garros by Rafael Nadal.
The vaccination views held by Novak Djokovic that prompted the problem in Australia also stopped him from playing the Sunshine Double events in the US, meaning he has been playing catch-up in terms of his fitness and match-sharpness ever since.
Shriver, though, believes Djokovic is now in a position to make his presence felt once again.
“He is my favourite to win,” Shriver said of Djokovic’s Wimbledon chances.
“Playing grass for him is a different ball game compared to clay. He has the hunger and desire to do well.
“He won’t want Nadal to go three Grand Slams ahead of him after defeat in France and the debacle in Australia earlier this year.
“I think he’ll find a way to win, he’s my number one pick. His movement on grass is unbelievable, he’s learned how to be a bigger server on grass, and he’s still the best returner in the game.
“I wish he played a pre-tournament warm-up, but I have a feeling that after all the clay-court tournaments he played in the spring, he must have felt like he was running on empty after the quarter-final defeat in the French Open.”
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