Novak Djokovic will bid to defend his Wimbledon title (Pictures: Getty/Metro.co.uk)
For all the chat of the new generation replacing the old guard, there’s a good chance the Wimbledon 2022 final could be contested between two well-known faces.
That’s mainly because world No 1 Daniil Medvedev is ruled out due to the tournament’s ban on Russian and Belerusian players and world No 2 Alexander Zverev is injured – meaning Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will not meet until the Championship match – if they make it that far.
There is no Roger Federer for the first time since 1992 but Andy Murray will be there after sitting out Queen’s Club after picking up an injury in Stuttgart. Perhaps British No 1 Cameron Norrie could make a surprise run to the final, he is seeded eighth after all.
And what about the other Brits – Dan Evans, Jack Draper, Liam Broady, Paul Jubb, Jay Clarke, Ryan Peniston and Alastair Gray? Don’t be fooled by the off-court rows and lack of ranking points: SW19 will not disappoint this year. Here’s six players who could lift the trophy come July 10.
Novak Djokovic has won this tournament six times (Picture: Getty)
Novak Djokovic is undoubtedly the favourite heading into Wimbledon, despite what you may think of his off-court viewpoints on vaccinations and dip in form so far this season. With no Daniil Medvedev or Alexander Zverev, the Serbian is top seed.
Djokovic, currently ranked at world No 3, is a six-time champion here for very good reason; he is simply an incredible tennis player. Don’t be fooled by his decision to sit out the grass-court campaign thus far: he has won Wimbledon five times in the past without participating in preparation tournaments. There is a very good chance he will make it seven in 2022.
The 35-year-old will be desperate to lift the trophy this year for several reasons. He will hate that the spotlight is back on old foe Rafael Nadal after the Spaniard not only knocked him out of the quarter-finals at the French Open – with Djokovic not dropping a set in the tournament beforehand – but that Nadal has won back-to-back Grand Slams after his triumph Down Under.
It wasn’t long ago that Djokovic looked on course for a Golden Slam after winning the 2021 Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon titles – but eventually slipped up to Medvedev in the Flushing Meadows final before Zverev won Gold at the Tokyo Olympic Games. You better believe Djokovic will want to redeem himself for that and put the focus back on himself.
Not only that, but with no ranking points at this year’s Championships, mixed with his decision to sit out the grass-court tournaments, Djokovic could fall as far as World No 8 after SW19. He will be yearning to put his name back on that trophy to silence his critics. ‘Winning Wimbledon was always the biggest dream as a kid,’ he said after beating Matteo …read more