Who was relatively closest to eliminating Djokovic during 2021 Wimbledon?

Who was relatively closest to eliminating Djokovic during 2021 Wimbledon?

  • Kudla (3R), having a setpoint in 3rd set TB at 7-6

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Tennisfan339

Semi-Pro
Shapopalov even if it was 3 sets. He was never in any kind of danger against Draper. As for Berrettini, he basically donated the first set but was in control of the match after that. Berrettini was no threat.
Djokovic himself said Shapopalov was the better player on the court in the first 2 sets. And I agree with him. Not saying Djokovic was lucky, but it could've easily been 0-2 instead of 2-0. I expect Djokovic to have very difficult matchs the next times they meet.

Same goes for the OA. Even if the match against Fritz went to 5 sets, I thought the matchs against Tiafoe and Zverev were more dangerous for him and they were closer.

In Paris, Tsitsipas was obviously the closest, even if the Nadal match was better quality.
 

MadariKatu

Professional
The match against Shapovalov was in Denis' racquet, and he missed in some big moments. It could have been a 3 sets match for him. Props to Djokovic for staying in the rallies and making him put one more shot in, where with other players the point would have ended.
But for most of the match, Djokovic was against the ropes.
 

mwym

Semi-Pro
One of the main reasons why people do NOT solve problems which can be solved is the fact they have so little competence that they are not even aware they are solving problem which CANNOT be solved.

Yeah, I know - previous sentence is too long and too complex. There are sentences which are NOT intended for all people. Anything that is 'for all people' is not for adults but for kids.
 

mwym

Semi-Pro
The match against Shapovalov was in Denis' racquet, and he missed in some big moments. It could have been a 3 sets match for him. Props to Djokovic for staying in the rallies and making him put one more shot in, where with other players the point would have ended.
But for most of the match, Djokovic was against the ropes.
What enables Shapovalov perform excellent shots he makes is exactly the same thing which prevents him from making the most important ones.

When on court he is too anxious ALL the time. Eg the ball went aside ~19 times while he was tapping before his serves.
He simply has to hit that impossible shot ALWAYS right away. And no, no one can decrease his anxiety by sheer will power at his age = hormone levels.

That is not a bug, it is a feature, I am afraid. It cannot be changed. It only looks that way. Djokovic estimated the same after the 1st set, also knowing him from their previous 6 matches. Against the ropes or not.
 
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MadariKatu

Professional
What enables Shapovalov perform excellent shots he makes is exactly the same thing which prevents him from making the most important ones.

When on court he is too anxious ALL the time. Eg the ball went aside ~19 times while he was tapping before his serves.
He simply has to hit that impossible shot ALWAYS right away. And no, no one can decrease his anxiety by sheer will power.

That is not a bug, it is a feature, I am afraid. It cannot be changed. It only looks that way. Djokovic estimated the same after the 1st set, also knowing him from their previous 6 matches. Against the ropes or not.
Still relatively close to beating him. Served for the first set, in which Djokovic hadn't seen the ball, started returning only in that last game. And had many break points which he couldn't convert in the second set. Also very close in the 3rd set. So, in my eyes, he was relatively close to winning, which I think answers the question in the op.

You might be right about Shapovalov's bug/feature, but that's a different topic.
 

Fabresque

Hall of Fame
Federer honestly. The old man was probably itching to throw the whole house at Djokovic in the final. His level would’ve tripled if he got to it. Sadly he didn’t. Nobody else posed any threat. Shapovalov mentally collapsed when it mattered on so many points. Kudla barely counts, if he got the third he was eating a bagel in the fourth. Berrettini and Draper were given a set and then decimated afterwards, never in any real danger.
 

lud

Hall of Fame
Nobody.
Even if Shapo won first set, Djoker would raise his level and won 6-2,6-4,6-1
 

Silverbullet96

Semi-Pro
What enables Shapovalov perform excellent shots he makes is exactly the same thing which prevents him from making the most important ones.

When on court he is too anxious ALL the time. Eg the ball went aside ~19 times while he was tapping before his serves.
He simply has to hit that impossible shot ALWAYS right away. And no, no one can decrease his anxiety by sheer will power at his age = hormone levels.

That is not a bug, it is a feature, I am afraid. It cannot be changed. It only looks that way. Djokovic estimated the same after the 1st set, also knowing him from their previous 6 matches. Against the ropes or not.
Also Djokovic's world class defense & counterpunching is a factor alongside that. On the screen it looks rather 'easy' to do the kind of defense that Djokovic & Nadal show, but there's a reason why only those 2 can do it to the best of attacking players, no other tennis player comes even close in that department.
 

CCPass

Semi-Pro
In before boring losers bring out Kyrgios who hasn't even made a slam final in his entire career.
 

MadariKatu

Professional
Nobody.
Even if Shapo won first set, Djoker would raise his level and won 6-2,6-4,6-1
I don't agree. During the second set all Djokovic could do was stay in the battle and save break point after break point. Be it by playing a good point, serving well, or Shapovalov missing. If he could have raised his level he would have. He was in big trouble during both first sets and the first half of the third. Had Shapo won the first set, I can only picture him playing better after it, with more confidence, and enough peace of mind to maybe not miss in some big moments afterwards.
 

RF-18

Talk Tennis Guru
Well, I had the feeling Shapo would be the bigger threat than Berrettini, and despite Berre taking one set wich Shapo didn't, I felt like Djoko was in full control in the berrettini match. He was able to play the way he wanted and expose Berres weaknesses. Against Shapo, Djokovic struggled to take control in some moments. Shapo is stronger off the ground than berrettini, and he can serve like any big server out there despite his height. All three sets were ultra competitive, with Djokovic being a bit lucky to take the 1st set. After set 1, it was still very even until big moments came up where Djokovic was just stronger. Shapo just felt like the most dangerous opponent when he was out there out of all opponents Djoko faced.
 
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