Second Service: Djokovic could win golden slam; Wimbledon draw reaction
In Second Service today, a Grand Slam legend believes Novak Djokovic could win the golden slam and we look at the latest from the Wimbledon draw.
Firstly, John McEnroe believes the current World No 1 has a great shot at winning the golden slam.
“His biggest obstacle to me is if his body holds up through this. It looks amazing. He looked phenomenal. He’s halfway home. He won the tougher one,” McEnroe told the media.
“He’s the best player that ever lived on hard courts. If he’s able to maintain his health through this, I mean, I think he’s got a great shot at winning the Slam.”
Similarly, 18-time Major winner Chris Evert believes Djokovic showed why he is ‘different’ at the French Open.
He just showed us at the French Open why he’s different than everybody else,” the American told the media.
“His reserve is just deeper than anybody else’s. The thing is, he’s not flashy, but he’s brilliant in the way he plays. There are so many articles written about his balance and his timing, his flexibility.”
From one Grand Slam champion to another, Roger Federer ‘needs the stars aligned’ to have success at the upcoming Wimbledon, according to Todd Woodbridge.
“He [Roger] can definitely win it. But he’s going to need help. Maybe somebody takes out a couple of seeds? Anyone who can rush Roger, or any of the younger guys with a big game, are threats,” said the 16-time Grand Slam doubles champion.
“I think if he gets that right opponent in a big match, he can most definitely come out and win a championship. But the stars are going to have to align to make that happen.”
With the Wimbledon draw taking place on Friday, Tennishead looked at how the men’s draw is shaping up, with Novak Djokovic preparing for a chance to equal Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 Grand Slams, while the Swiss maestro looks to make it nine titles at SW19.
Novak Djokovic kicks off his campaign against Jack Draper and could face Stefanos Tsitsipas as a potential semi-final opponent.
Roger Federer on the other hand, will begin against Adrian Mannarino before facing either Richard Gasquet or Yuichi Sugita in the second round.
In the women’s draw, World No 1 Ashleigh Barty is bidding to win her first Wimbledon title, while seven-time champion Serena Williams continues her quest to tie Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.
Top seed Barty looks to have been given a manageable draw, facing Carla Suarez Navarro in the opening round before a meeting with Anna Blinkova or Timea Babos in the second round.
Sixth seed Serena Williams would arguably be Barty’s most probable semi-final adversary.
The American should come through Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the first hurdle, and likely Bernarda Pera in the second round, before a tough test against Angelique Kerber in the third.
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