Tennis is a two-man sport right now and if you think otherwise, you haven’t been paying attention. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have won nine of the last 10 majors. So, 126 other dudes will battle it out at the All England Club but only Nadal or Djokovic will walk away as the winner.
Here’s a quick preview for Wimbledon, which starts Monday, June 25th.
Who Are the Favourites?
Novak Djokovic: He’s the top seed, the defending Wimbledon champ and consensus favourite to win this year at the All England Club. Djokovic’s first round Wimbledon match will be his first on grass this season, as he decided to skip the pre-Wimbledon warm-up tourneys, which was an interesting move. Three of Djokovic’s six losses this season have come against Rafael Nadal.
Rafael Nadal: Nadal has made it to the Wimbledon final in five of the last six years. He’s won twice (2010, 2008) and lost in last year’s final to Djokovic in four sets (6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3). Rafael is better on grass than most give him credit for.
Roger Federer: Feds loves grass more than Snoop Dog, but it has been three years since his last Wimbledon title. He can’t beat Nadal or Djokovic unless either player is hurt or just having an off day. Roger looked vulnerable at the grass warm-up event in Germany, needing a third set tiebreaker to get past big server Milos Raonic and then lost to Tommy Haas in the final.
Who is Hot?
Tommy Haas: The 34-year-old German really has no shot of winning a tournament with best of five set matches. Still, he’s coming off the win in Germany where he beat Bernard Tomic, Tomas Berdych, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Roger Federer.
The Dark Horse
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: Big servers usually have big success at the All England Club. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is a big server and has had some success at Wimbledon. He’s 30-12 on the season and pushed Djokovic in the semifinals last year.