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Tennishead’s guide to Wimbledon 2022 – History on the line for Djokovic and Nadal


If Rafa Nadal wins Wimbledon he will move to 23 Grand Slam singles titles leaving Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on 20 each and putting the Spaniard just one tournament win away from the calendar Grand Slam, that most mythical of all achievements in professional tennis.

Djokovic makes no secret of his desire to finish at the top of the list for Grand slam singles titles but if he were to go three behind Nadal then that dream would be far from certain.

The great Serb also has to deal with a number of high quality younger players all fighting to win establish themselves as Grand Slam winners such as Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev and he is getting older himself, so to win 4 more Slams will be tough.

However if Djokovic were to win Wimbledon (and he’s the favourite in many people’s books having won the last three) then he would only be one behind Nadal in the race, which is a very different ball game.

Djokovic and Nadal have been helped by the withdrawal or banning of both the No.1 and No.2 ranked players in the world, Medvedev and Zverev. Neither have ever shown their best form on grass but it’s still a much, much simpler looking draw without those two great players in it. And it means that Djokovic is the top seed which often means the path of least resistance in terms of the draw.

They are in different halves of the draw, unlike Paris, as Nadal is seeded two, which would mean they can only face each other in the final. Again, a great help in their lofty ambitions.

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