Djokovic Remains Wimbledon Favorite Despite Lackluster Year

Novak Djokovic remains the favorite to win Wimbledon despite a lackluster year, driven by his motivation to win a record-equalling eighth title. Djokovic is currently competing at the Rome Masters, aiming to find his best form ahead of the French Open and Wimbledon.

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Bijay Laxmi
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Djokovic Remains Wimbledon Favorite Despite Lackluster Year

Djokovic Remains Wimbledon Favorite Despite Lackluster Year

Novak Djokovic, driven by the motivation to win a record-equalling eighth Wimbledon title, remains the favorite to triumph at the prestigious grass-court tournament this summer, according to former British No. 1 Andrew Castle. Despite a lackluster year marred by early exits and a noticeable dip in form, the Serbian tennis star's unparalleled success at the All England Club makes him the man to beat.

Djokovic, who has struggled to make his mark in 2024, has failed to win a tournament since his victory at the ATP Finals last November. His recent defeats against rising stars like Jannik Sinner and established rivals such as Casper Ruud have raised questions about his ability to maintain his dominance on the tour. However, Castle believes that Djokovic's motivation to win will drive him to succeed at Wimbledon.

"If you ask me who is going to win Wimbledon on the men's side, I would have to say Novak," Castle told Tennis365. "If you were betting on someone, why would you bet against the bloke who has done it all before? I think grass is the most specialist of all the surfaces. Some players don't really think they have got a chance on it."

Djokovic's age is slowly affecting his performance on the court, and his form will likely continue to decrease in the coming years. However, his experience and mental fortitude on grass courts give him a significant advantage over his competitors. With Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz struggling with injuries ahead of the French Open, Djokovic will be eyeing more glory at Wimbledon.

The 35-year-old is currently competing at the Rome Masters, aiming to find his best form ahead of the French Open and Wimbledon. His convincing 6-3, 6-1 victory over Corentin Moutet in the second round is a step in the right direction. As the tennis world prepares for a new era with the gradual decline of all-time greats like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, Djokovic remains a formidable force, especially on the hallowed grass courts of Wimbledon.

Key Takeaways

  • Novak Djokovic is favorite to win a record-equalling 8th Wimbledon title.
  • Djokovic has struggled in 2024 with early exits and a dip in form.
  • Andrew Castle believes Djokovic's motivation will drive him to succeed at Wimbledon.
  • Djokovic's experience and mental fortitude on grass courts give him an advantage.
  • Djokovic aims to find form at the Rome Masters ahead of the French Open and Wimbledon.