Wimbledon is a week out. Can anyone stop Novak Djokovic from inching closer to the Calendar slam?
Yes, the historic Wimbledon begins in a week. That means Novak Djokovic has a chance to inch closer to the calendar slam. Can anyone stop the 7-time Wimbledon winner, who has now won the tournament four straight years?
There are several other questions heading into this year’s Wimbledon as well. What should we expect from Nick Kyrgios? And what type of Carlos Alcaraz might we see? Just how much will a big serve mean in this year’s tournament?
Nick Kyrgios and two other candidates poised to give Novak Djokovic a run for his money at Wimbledon
1. Carlos Alcaraz
Lots of questions emerged after Carlos Alcaraz dealt with cramps in his French Open match against Novak Djokovic. Rest assured, he’s alleviated all concern after dominating throughout the Cinch Championships, including straight-set defeats over both Grigor Dimitrov and Sebastian Korda en route to hoisting his first grass title.
The talented youngster will enter Wimbledon hungry to avenge his fourth-round exit in Wimbledon 2022. Despite grass being his weakest surface, given his overall success throughout the year, and recent consistency on grass, it is simply impossible to rule him out.
2. Alexander Bublik
Though it is the shortest season of all three surfaces, Alexander Bublik has already been having tremendous success on grass. Although he lost in the second round at the Libema Open to Jannik Sinner, not only did he avenge that loss, but he also beat huge servers in Jan Lennard Struff and Alexander Zverev on the way to the Halle Open Final, where he then beat Andrey Rublev to hoist his second ATP trophy.
Yes, 2023 has been an enigma for the 26-year-old player. However, historically he has found success at Wimbledon having made it to the third round each of the previous two years. He’s poised to go even further this year, with his blistering serve and solid groundstrokes all coming to fruition. He is primed to break out here.
3. Nick Kyrgios
It all depends on how Nick Kyrgios is feeling. Are we going to see the Nick Kyrgios version from a month ago, or, is he fully healthy? I’m banking on the ladder.
Historically, the Aussie has had success in Wimbledon, including his run to the finals last year. When Kyrgios is healthy, there’s no question that he’s a hard out. I expect not only that he will fully be recovered, but will be hitting his first serve consistently and equipping his oh-so-incredible shots.