Who can stop Djokovic at Wimbledon this year?

Who can/ What can stop Djokovic from winning the Wimbledon this year?


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Hard to see past Novak winning Wimbledon, maybe someone with a big serve can upset him in the early rounds, but hard to think of who, also movement on grass is quite Key, and with no grass season last year, hard to think of any young players who have the experience, and the usual suspects who do well at Wimbledon are just not as good as Novak,
Not discounting FED I just can’t see him winning.
 

Jaitock1991

Hall of Fame
Only himself I think. Or some other thing that is outside of the game's control, i.e. our current situation getting worse, to the point that Wimbledon is cancelled for the second year in a row.

That said. A lot can change by then. Who knows. Maybe he gets into a big slump. Maybe someone else steps up big time to start dominate. Maybe he has a severe injury. Impossible to tell at this point.
 

gjm127

Semi-Pro
If Djokovic plays well, Federer has a tiny chance. Nobody else does.
In my mind, Djokovic is in the same place Fed was after winning AO 2010. At that point, he was coming off of a CYGSF with 3 GS wins in 5 straight GS Finals appearances. But with performance a little off (like Djokovic this time around), he quickly fell off the GS winning tracks for years.
 

wang07

Semi-Pro
I mean, with this significantly improved serve that we have seen at AO, Djokovic's dominance at Wimbledon will be identical to Nadal's RG dominance. Federer would be the only one in the discussion, but given the circumstances, even I as a huge Fed fan don't believe in it anymore.
 

Beckerserve

Legend
He can rest up. 4-6 weeks is enough time to recover. Plus with his great team, physio’s and doctors he probably recover faster.

It’s no big deal as luckily the next majors are months away. He really doesn’t need to play Dubai, Miami or even Monte Carlo. I feel he will be back by probably April though.

It was worth it because he won it. If it was a serious injury that could cause a lengthy layoff of several months then he wouldn’t have been able to compete or win the tournament. Novak said himself between a month to 2 months is more than enough time to get over the issues. He will just want to make sure.

He will be fine for the rest of the slams this year. I’d worry about Fed more having to play best of 5 matches at his age and after lengthy knee injury. Literally if one player gets Fed into a long match now he’s pretty much done.
Is it Grade 2 or Grade 3 do we know?
 
I'm a Fed fan but there is no way he will win Wimbledon.
Nadal will definitely not win Wimbledon. He's visibly ageing and it's a real possibility he won't win RG either.
If None is the 'favourite' for Wimbledon that is only because he has all the qualities and skills that make it possible to win boring baseline tennis on slow courts. You might as well watch someone hitting a ball against a wall. That is the level of enjoyment.
Younger players get a bit mesmerised against him - there's an element of hype and an element of games playing and subtle sledging. Medvedev played badly from the start. Some of it was definitely psychological.
Nole has also been lucky. His run as No.1 has been artificially extended because fewer tournaments and generally abnormal conditions because of the pandemic.
 

Beckerserve

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I'm a Fed fan but there is no way he will win Wimbledon.
Nadal will definitely not win Wimbledon. He's visibly ageing and it's a real possibility he won't win RG either.
If None is the 'favourite' for Wimbledon that is only because he has all the qualities and skills that make it possible to win boring baseline tennis on slow courts. You might as well watch someone hitting a ball against a wall. That is the level of enjoyment.
Younger players get a bit mesmerised against him - there's an element of hype and an element of games playing and subtle sledging. Medvedev played badly from the start. Some of it was definitely psychological.
Nole has also been lucky. His run as No.1 has been artificially extended because fewer tournaments and generally abnormal conditions because of the pandemic.
Please watch the RG 2020 final. Then edit the post perhaps?
 

BGod

Legend
In my mind, Djokovic is in the same place Fed was after winning AO 2010. At that point, he was coming off of a CYGSF with 3 GS wins in 5 straight GS Finals appearances. But with performance a little off (like Djokovic this time around), he quickly fell off the GS winning tracks for years.
Yeah no. What you're referring to happened in 2016 after Novak won the French finally. And he had a lul until 2018 Wimbledon, in part because of the field. Now you could call that his 2014-15 Federer phase. But then that means he's gonna get a 2017-18 Federer phase.
 

GabeT

Legend
I don't trust the results of actual tennis tournaments. I trust the experts on here who say he's done at 17.

No way he wins another slam!

20-20-17!!!
Are these actual numbers or adjusted for difficulty and weather conditions?
 

THUNDERVOLLEY

G.O.A.T.
I find the poll options amusing.

Thiem, Medvedev, Tsitsipas have shown NOTHING on grass as of yet, Zverev has shown little. Kyrgios hasn't shown much since several years back
Yep, but its always a laugh when some still try to pump up one of the two worst generations in tennis history as some threat--anywhere. This is an aging generation and how many majors do the have between them?

Yep. One, and even that one was won only because the USO overreacted and DQ'ed the player who would have easily won the event.
 

BGod

Legend
Yep, but its always a laugh when some still try to pump up one of the two worst generations in tennis history as some threat--anywhere. This is an aging generation and how many majors do the have between them?

Yep. One, and even that one was won only because the USO overreacted and DQ'ed the player who would have easily won the event.
It's even crazier how since Fed's Slam comeback in 2017 the tour has been even more one-sided titled towards Big 3 than from 2012-2016. Novak winning 6 of last 11 Slams he wasn't disqualified in, Nadal on 4 consecutive French Opens, etc.
 

Pheasant

Hall of Fame
1. Nadal has a 20% chance
2. Drunken Kyrgios has 10% chance
3. near-40 year old dude that missed 13 months from knee surgery has 1% chance
1. The rest of the field(grass court scrubs with a capital "S") has a 0.00000000000001% chance
 
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BGod

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1. Nadal has a 20% chance
2. Drunken Kyrgios has 10% chance
3. near-40 year old dude that missed 13 months from knee surgery has 1% chance
1. The rest of the field(grass court scrubs with a capital "S") has a 0.00000000000001% chance
Bettors would argue Nadal has 10%, Fed has 0% and rest of the field has negative odds.
 

Johnny505

Rookie
Henman and the AELTC committee have the power to make it difficult for him in the draw and some where else............
 

jltman

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Of the nextgen guys I think Zverev is the only one who could make any noise at wimbledon anytime soon...if he servebots
 

gjm127

Semi-Pro
Yeah no. What you're referring to happened in 2016 after Novak won the French finally. And he had a lul until 2018 Wimbledon, in part because of the field. Now you could call that his 2014-15 Federer phase. But then that means he's gonna get a 2017-18 Federer phase.
Fed 2014-15 was way more impressive than Djoker mid16-mid18. He kept making long runs in Slams and pulled a few masters together. Djokovic had almost nothing going for him except for an okay end of 2016 calendar year.
 
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PETEhammer

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PETE is going to have to come out of retirement for this one
Through a complex ritual involving the brow of Papa Sampras, the sacrifice of Agassi's hair (that's where it went) and the kneecap of Federer, he will be reborn into a younger, indestructible body from which his Wimblendon conquest shall begin anew.

Lord Petros shall return.
 

Enceladus

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Rafa4LifeEver

Hall of Fame
As things stand now, Novak Djokovic is the overwhelming 'give him the trophy already' favorite to win the Wimbledon title this year.

What can/Who can potentially stop the grass-eating, **** throwing Serbian from winning the 6th Wimbledon title?

Make your pick(s) and please have a civilized discussion.

Thenks.
Roger
Rafa
Some random big hitter
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
At this point, Djokovic is as big a favorite at Wimbledon as Nadal is at Roland Garros. He’s outlasted his main grass rivals Murray and Federer while I‘m confident he should be favored by a big margin against Nadal and anyone from the NextGen. Something very unforeseen (injury, illness) like at the 2017 Wimbledon against Berdych would have to happen for him to be upset.

Amongst the younger generation, guys like Zverev, Tsitsipas and Medvedev have the baseline game to hang with Djokovic. But, Djokovic returns better, finishes points at the net better/more often these days and has become a much better clutch server. He seems to serve his way out of trouble on the fast courts at AO/Wimbledon while you can always count on his great returning to earn at least one service break per set - hard to imagine anyone winning three sets against a healthy version of him especially in the 2nd week.

If an upset happens to a healthy Dkokovic, it will likely happen in the 1st week when he might unexpectedly get into a 2-set deficit by being overconfident or losing a couple of tiebreakers against a big server like Opelka or Raonic - like in 2016 when he was upset by Sam Querrey.

A wild card is to see if Wimbledon will get cancelled for a second year if COVID flares up again in the UK.
 
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