June 25, 2022
Djokovic is the man to beat. It’s as simple as that.
Novak will be a wounded warrior on a mission at Wimbledon 2022. And it’s going to be fascinating to see which players might stop him.
Meawhile Iga Swiatek is favourite to take the women’s singles title after such a dominant year.
Once again her rivals are queuing up to try to take her down, though.
First let’s consider the challenge facing Djokovic, the reigning Wimbledon men’s champion.
The pressure on Novak is going to be huge because he almost dare not fail.
Rafael Nadal’s incredible 2022 means he has stretched his lead in the race to become the greatest of all time.
The Spaniard now has twenty-two Grand Slams whereas the Serb is trailing on twenty.
Novak Djokovic will therefore be super-motivated to triumph at Wimbledon 2022 and stay in touch.
The draw has worked in his favour and that could be crucial.
Sure, the massively-talented Carlos Alcaraz potentially stands in Novak’s way in what could be a blockbuster quarter-final.
But Alcaraz is so far unproven on grass. And unless he suddenly finds an affinity with the lawns of the All England Club, he may struggle to outclass Djokovic where the older man feels so at home.
Nadal and Matteo Berrettini are more serious contenders – and both have the firepower to defeat Djokovic on their day.
Berrettini has just won Stuttgart and Queen’s. He’s on fire on grass right now. And remember the Italian went all the way to the Wimbledon final last year.
But Matteo’s problem is the same as Rafa’s. They are due to meet each other! That would surely be a colossal semi-final in Centre Court’s Centenary Year.
If that brutal match becomes a reality, then you suspect the winner will be severely bruised and depleted by the time he comes to face Novak in the projected final.
But who knows? Anything can happen and that’s why we love Wimbledon! Underdogs can flourish and triumph too!
Let’s not forget British hero Andy Murray, who faces Australian James Duckworth in his opener on Monday.
Andy will give his all to make the second week in what could be his final Wimbledon year. But he’ll have to play out of his skin to push for a third Wimbledon singles title.
And any woman will also have to play out of their skin to try to conquer the seemingly unbeatable Iga Swiatek.
Swiatek will feel that Wimbledon 2022 could be her year!
She has won the junior tournament before, so it’s not like she struggles perpetually on grass.
But others have made much bigger impacts at Wimbledon in the past.
And no one has made the place her own more often than the great Serena Williams.
What a welcome surprise to see Serena return for a last hurrah!
Her compatriot Coco Gauff recently reached the French Open final after making her mark at Wimbledon a few years ago.
Americans could rule again if Swiatek finds the weight of expectation too great!
Britain’s Emma Raducanu won the US Open and has recently shaken off a side-injury.
She is short of practice but intends to come out with all guns blazing and no pressure. That makes her dangerous.
And we shouldn’t overlook Simona Halep, who won Wimbledon in 2019 and therefore knows she has the game to go all the way if she is over her neck injury.
We are lucky that so many great champions and global superstars are playing at Wimbledon this year.
Djokovic and Swiatek are the favourites at Wimbledon 2022.
But there are plenty of other talented players waiting in the wings to steal their thunder.
Will you be there to watch the drama unfold? We can’t wait!