Former world No. 2 Alex Corretja says Novak Djokovic will be “super difficult” to beat at Wimbledon and added he thinks the Serb should not think about his rivalry with Rafael Nadal heading into The Championships.
Djokovic, 34, is a six-time Wimbledon champion and he has won the tournament’s past three editions.
Going into this year’s Wimbledon, Djokovic is considered as the top favorite for the title.
“Novak, he loves grass,” Corretja told Eurosport. “He likes to play there and he knows the surface very well, he adjusts very well to these conditions. He’s been winning there (Wimbledon). He’s the defending champion, and I think it’s going to be super difficult to beat him. He serves great, he returns perfect, he moves well, he plays deep. So I don’t think there are too many guys on the draw that they really feel that they can beat Novak best-of-five on grass.”
Corretja: Djokovic should not think about his rivalry with Nadal
Nadal has won the opening two Grand Slams of the season and he now has 22 Grand Slams, while Djokovic remains at 20 Majors.
“I think it will depend a lot on how he feels and about pressure or not,” Corretja added. “I feel like Rafa Nadal now, he left a little [bit of a gap] with the Slams and now Djokovic needs to just recover his feelings. I don’t think he needs to think about Rafa or Rafa about Novak. Right now, they have this little gap. Let’s play and see how we feel after the tournament and see how it goes.”
Djokovic certainly hasn’t given up on his hopes to finishing with the all-time Grand Slam record and he simply can’t allow Nadal to win Wimbledon and win a record 23rd Grand Slam.
This year’s Wimbledon could be the key in the Grand Slam race.
If Djokovic wins Wimbledon, he will still be alive in the race.
On the other side, if Nadal wins, the Grand Slam race might be over.