‘It wouldn’t surprise me if Novak Djokovic goes on…’, says former star

Perhaps never like this year, Novak Djokovic is the big favorite for the win at Wimbledon. The world number 1, who has already triumphed five times in London (as well as being the defending champion), is enjoying an impeccable season in the Grand Slam tournaments. The 34-year-old from Belgrade deservedly triumphed at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros, fueling his hopes of achieving the ‘Calendar Golden Slam’. The Serbian champion will also go hunting for the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics next month. In a lengthy interview on ‘Tennis.com’, former WTA star Daniela Hantuchova noted that Nole has been greatly helped by the current struggles of her eternal rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The Spaniard has given up on Wimbledon and the Olympics to recharge his batteries, while the Swiss – at the age of 40 and back from two operations – is very far from top form. Added to this is the discontinuity of the Next Gen, which still struggle to withstand the pressure in the long term.

Daniela Hantuchova on Novak Djokovic

Daniela Hantuchova believes Novak Djokovic can go on to win the Calendar Golden Slam this year. The former Wimbledon quarterfinalist feels the Serb has been aided by Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal from of a couple of events and Roger Federer’s lack of form. “For Novak, there’s a combined advantage for him in that Nadal is not playing and Roger doesn’t have the same number of matches he’s used to ahead of a Wimbledon Championships; don’t forget, he’s won Halle 10 times!” Hantuchova said to Tennis.com. “With those two factors in his favor, it wouldn’t surprise me if Novak goes on to win all four Slams and the Olympics.” But Hantuchova believes Federer should not be counted among the top three favorites at this point in time due to his lack of match practice. “I know many people think this tournament will come down to Novak or Federer, but looking at the draw, I’m not even putting Roger in my Top 3 picks,” Hantuchova said. “There is nothing like match play, and for Roger, it’ll be so important for him to get through the first week and, if he can manage that, he’ll deserve to be as big of a favorite here as he’s ever been. I just think it’ll be interesting to see how he performs through the first few rounds.” Novak Djokovic displayed a sense of dominance during his second round match against Kevin Anderson at the Wimbledon Championships 2021. He has already won two Grand Slam titles this year and is on his way towards the third one. The Serb has termed the Grand Slams as the most important trophies in his career.