World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev has singled out Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Matteo Berrettini as the top three Wimbledon favorites. Djokovic, 35, is a six-time Wimbledon champion and this year he will try to win his fourth consecutive title at the Championships.
Nadal, 36, is a two-time Wimbledon champion but has not won the title at the tournament since 2010. Berrettini, 26, reached his first Grand Slam final at WImbledon last year before losing to Djokovic. Reflecting on this year’s favorites at Wimbledon, Medvedev said Djokovic and Roger Federer are the best grass-court players of his generation.
“Novak is always the favourite. He has won the last three Wimbledons that have been played. He plays very well on grass. If we talk about the best players in history on grass, he would put him at the top, although I have not seen Borg or Sampras play.
Of my generation, Federer and Djokovic are the best. Of course, Nadal can win any tournament he plays in and Berrettini is playing at a high level. Speaking of favourites, Djokovic, Berrettini and Nadal,” Medvedev told Diario de Mallorca, quoted by Sportskeeda.
Although Djokovic and Nadal are now in their thirties, they are still strong forces in the game. “When they retire. As long as Nadal and Djokovic continue to play, they will be the favourites. And this has not been the case for two years, but for fifteen.
It is nothing new. They have broken all records. Without a doubt, they are two of the three best tennis players of all time. The transition will start when they retire, maybe in their 40s or 45s,” Medvedev added.
Lloyd talks about Novak Djokovic
John Lloyd, who was once the husband of Chris Evert, and who was also 21st in the world at the end of the 1970s, is a consultant for our English colleagues at Tennis365 He has developed a “theory” around the popularity of Novak Djokovic which is not uninteresting.
“Novak may have been unlucky to live his career alongside Nadal and Federer. They have a popularity with the fans and the press that he doesn’t have and I also think he was treated quite badly, certainly by the spectators and also the media.
I think like Jimmy Connors, Novak will be better treated and understood when his career is over, when we realize that he will soon be leaving the circuit. I think there may be the same phenomenon as with John McEnroe who became a bigger star after his career thanks to his various activities in the media and in advertising. While some hated it before, they love it now.”