World No. 3 Novak Djokovic gets the top seed at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships in absence of World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev and World No. 2 Alexander Zverev. While Zverev is out injured, Medvedev misses the Grand Slam due to the ban on Russian and Belarusian players. This situation allows Djokovic to be the top seed despite his rank as the 3-time defending champion gears up for yet another campaign at the All-England Club.
Djokovic, the 20-time Grand Slam champion is looking for his 21st major that will take him closer to Rafael Nadal‘s tally of 22 majors and Roger Federer‘s tally of 8 Wimbledon titles while tying him with Pete Sampras‘ tally of 7 titles in the Grand Slam. But for Djokovic to achieve the feat, he has a long road ahead.
No big challenge for Novak Djokovic in the first three rounds
Djokovic will start his campaign against Soonwoo Kwon and should be easily moving into the second round where he is most likely to take on Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis. The third round will be a meeting with compatriot 25th seed Miomir Kecmanovic before things get tricky for the top seed.
In the 4th round, Djokovic could either meet Nikoloz Basilashvili or 15th seeded serve bot Reilly Opelka with the American having all the abilities to trouble Novak. Believing Djokovic advances into the second week, he is likely to take on either 5th seed Carlos Alcaraz or Italian youngster and 10th seed Jannik Sinner.
The semi-finals could see Novak take on 3rd seed Casper Ruud or last year’s semi-finalist and Halle 2022 winner Hubert Hurkacz with the Polish the most likely candidate given Ruud’s unseen brilliance on the surface yet. The finals could see Djokovic take on either 2nd seed Rafael Nadal, 4th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas or in a repeat of last year’s finals, Matteo Berrettini who is seeded 8th.
Novak Djokovic’s path to Wimbledon title:
- 1R: Soonwoo Kwon
- 2R: Thanasi Kokkinakis
- 3R: Miomir Kecmanovic
- 4R: Reilly Opelka
- QF: Carlos Alcaraz
- SF: Casper Ruud
- F: Rafael Nadal
With no ranking points on offer, Djokovic should likely be extra motivated as he will lose last year’s entire 2000 points and could be on the boundaries of Top-10. Going into the Grand Slam, Novak has not played any Tour event with only exhibition matches played in Hurlingham Club.
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