Federer sees his ninth title here; the ball on Serena’s court with the doubts of rivals in fitness
Novak Djokovic is aiming for a record 20th Major and sixth Wimbledon title since Monday, which will bring him much closer to becoming only the third person in history to complete a Grand Slam on the calendar.
The first racket of the world has already won the ninth Australian Open and the second French Open this season.
This put him halfway to emulating Don Budge (1937) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969) in winning all four major events in one year.
It is a feat that even his closest rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal never succeeded in.
Djokovic won an unforgettable fifth Wimbledon win in 2019, saving two championship points to defeat Federer in the longest All England club final in four hours 57 minutes.
He was stripped of his title defense in 2020 when Wimbledon was canceled due to the pandemic.
On Monday, the Serb begins his defense against the 250th place in the British World Cup, Jack Draper, who was born just 9.5 km from the All England Club.
Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 Wimbledon champion, has already withdrawn from this year’s tournament.
Eight-time winner Federer turns 40 in August and won just one match on grass in Halle ahead of Wimbledon.
Federer, who underwent two knee surgeries in 2020, won the last of his eight Wimbledons in 2017 and the last of his 20 major tournaments in Australia in 2018.
The Swiss star has lost three All England Club finals to Djokovic in 2014, 2015 and a grand battle in 2019.
Federer, halfway opposite Djokovic, starts his campaign on Tuesday against French Adrian Mannarino, against whom he has a 6-0 lead.
The rest of the current top 10 competitors set relatively mediocre Wimbledon records.
Meanwhile, Serena Williams turns 40 on September 26, and the upcoming birthday will be even sweeter if she finally catches up with Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.
The tennis legend may even hold the record if he wins both Wimbledon and the US Open, but while she remains in the top 10, there are concerns that age is affecting her ability.
However, her chances of winning the eighth Wimbledon crown have improved after the rejection of 2nd world racket Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep, who beat her in the 2019 final.
The first racket of the world Ashley Barty will go to Wimbledon without a warm-up on the grass.
However, she says she has recovered from a thigh injury that forced her to withdraw from the French Open.