Top pick Novak Djokovic is tough to defend after the turbulent season

Wimbledon 2022: The season is not over with Novak Djokovic set to return in January but the former world number one will be hoping to be released at Wimbledon as he seeks to defend his crown and win Rafael Nadal’s 22 Grand Slam titles. FFollow Wimbledon 2022 updates with InsideSport.IN

The 35-year-old Serb won the last three editions of Wimbledon in 2018, 2019 and last year, the 2020 tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

He was also on track for a rare calendar-year Grand Slam in 2021, winning the first three majors before losing to Russia’s Daniel Medvedev in the final of the US Open.

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Wimbledon 2022: Top pick Novak Djokovic faces tough title defense after a tumultuous season, could be the last chance to win a Grand Slam title at Wimbledon 2022 – see

Any high-profile arrests and deportations ahead of the Australian Open in January for refusing to vaccinate against Covid-19 have quickly dashed any hopes of a repeat performance this season.

He then missed a string of U.S. tournaments for the same reason and only practiced serious matches after the start of the claycourt season in Europe.

Winning in Rome before the French Open was a much-needed confidence but he lost to the next winner, Nadal, in the quarter-finals in Paris.

Djokovic, the favorite for Wimbledon, has 20 Grand Slam titles, just like Roger Federer, and Nadal, who won his 14th title at the Roland Garros, is two ahead of them.

Wimbledon was a very fertile hunting ground for Djokovic, who has won the title six times, second only to Federer (8) and Pete Sampras (7) for the most wins there in the Open era.

The tournament was snatched from the men’s ATP and women’s WTA ranking points after its organizers decided to ban Russian and Belarusian players from participating in the wake of Moscow’s attack on Ukraine.

Wimbledon 2022: Top pick Novak Djokovic faces tough title defense after a tumultuous season, could be the last chance to win a Grand Slam title at Wimbledon 2022 – see

However, it will be slightly more important for Djokovic, although he will not be able to defend the points he won there last year. Wimbledon could be his last Grand Slam of the year where foreigners in the United States will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Djokovic will be the top pick when Wimbledon’s main draw begins next week, with world number one Medvedev banned due to Russia’s “special operation” in Ukraine and second-ranked Alexander Zaverev missing due to injury.

The competition will be from Nadal and Stefanos Sitcipas of Greece, but also from Matteo Beretini of Italy, who has already claimed two titles on the grass this month in Stuttgart and Queens.

Beretini has now won 20 of his last 21 matches on the grass, his only defeat to Djokovic in last year’s Wimbledon final.

Djokovic should bring a risky warning to get out due to his stormy season so far, the Serbian is known for his resilience and mental strength, especially on big occasions.

It remains to be seen whether he can turn his season around by winning Wimbledon or whether he will have to cancel altogether.

Wimbledon 2022: Top pick Novak Djokovic faces tough title defense after a tumultuous season, could be the last chance to win a Grand Slam title at Wimbledon 2022 – see

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