Life has been good to Serbian master Novak Djokovic in 2016. With a 46-3 record, he’s absolutely dominated men’s tennis. He has won the Australian Open as well as the French Open, which was surprisingly a first for the superstar. The only player even close to him these days is Andy Murray, though Djokovic still holds a 3-1 lead over him in matches this year. With Wimbledon now underway, is there any chance of another player stopping Djokovic’s path to glory?
In short, it seems unlikely that anyone will be able to stop Djokovic at Wimbledon. Sure, all the usual suspects are present (save Rafael Nadal), but with “The Joker” in peak career form, it’s his Wimbledon to lose. His vigorous style of play mixed with his savvy on-court smarts makes him simply too strong for opponents.
Former world #1 Roger Federer used to be a decent competitor, but it seems like his best days are long gone. While his beautiful stroke is still evident in shorter 3-set matches, whenever he’s faced Djokovic in a mammoth 5-setter at a Grand Slam over the last few years, he’s simply grown too tired to compete.
Andy Murray is sure to be a local favorite at Wimbledon with his British roots, though as we’ve stated before, Djokovic has bested him more times than not in recent matches. Nevertheless, Murray is probably the most capable player standing in Djokovic’s way.
Of course there is the off chance that someone like Stanislas Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, or Milos Raonic can off the #1 man, but it seems unlikely. None of these players have beaten Djokovic this year, though I should note that Wawrinka has yet to face him. Djokovic does lead their all-time series 19-4.
The only thing that seems to stand in Djokovic’s way is history. Not since Rod Laver in 1969 has a man completed the single-season Grand Slam. With pressure building as to whether he could do it this year, Djokovic may experience a stumble like Serena Williams did is 2015. It all makes for an enticing Wimbledon tournament, for Djokovic at least.
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