“The way he went out to Rafa in the French Open will have hurt him” Greg Rusedski says Novak Djokovic will turn up ‘angry’ at Wimbledon

Having not won a slam this year and being stuck on 20 majors since last year's Wimbledon, Greg Rusedski believes the 2022 Wimbledon will see an angry Novak Djokovic.

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Greg Rusedski
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Greg Rusedski

World No. 3 Novak Djokovic is still on the lookout for his 21st slam for which he was a heavy favourite during the 2022 season after having reached the finals of all four majors last year winning three and finishing runner-up at the 2021 US Open. With three majors last season that saw him draw level with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 majors each. He was the frontrunner to get to 21 majors but the drama in Australia saw him miss the Grand Slam altogether.

At the 2022 French Open, Djokovic was part of the top-heavy draw and despite coming into the major after a good return to form by winning the 2022 Rome Masters, Novak lost in 4-sets to eventual champion Nadal with the Spaniard making an epic comeback to stop the match from going to the 5th set and following a series of holding his serve and breaking Novak’s, he clinched the set and the match in the 4th set tiebreaker.

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Greg Rusedski names potential threats for Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Despite dropping to World No. 3, Djokovic will be the top seed in absence of World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev who is banned due to his nationality and World No. 2 Alexander Zverev on the sidelines after damaging his tendon in the French Open semis against Nadal.

“The problem you have is, you have players who have the potential but winning is a totally different thing. Making the finals is one thing, but you have to have this mindset that’s absolutely insane these days because of the big three or four we’ve had over the generations. Djokovic is angry because he hasn’t won a slam this year and the way he went out to Rafa in the French Open will have hurt him. Rafa’s trying to go for the calendar slam.

“He wouldn’t be showing up if his foot wasn’t 100 per cent and he was ready to go and Berrettini has been by far the best. Hurkacz is a guy who can go deep – semis or final – but win? Not with those three. Those three guys at the moment have separated themselves from the pack,” said former World No. 4 Greg Rusedski speaking on Primevideo discussing the Wimbledon favourites.

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