Just a few weeks ago, before the start of Roland Garros, all the looks were put on Rafael Nadal. The 13-time champion of the tournament and winner of the last four editions, the same one who had destroyed Novak Djokovic at the end of 2020, hurried to assert himself the favorite condition of him and pass over the 20 titles of the Grand Slam de Roger Federer. Djokovic, short baggage in clay, as it usually happens every season, was presented at the semifinals against Nadal after lifting two adverse sets to Lorenzo Musetti in eighth and suffering in quarters before Matteo Berrettini. The initial punishment of the Spanish, which dominated 5-0 in the first set, immediately brought to the memory its conclusive defeat of October 11, 2020. He touched in the pride of him, & amp ;os; nole & amp; apos; He responded to the big time, knocked down the left-handed and two days later the tournament took after re-resurviation of two adverse sets against Stefanos Tsitsipas. He was the one of his second Roland Garros of him, the great thirteenth of him. This Sunday (15.00 h., Movistar Wimbledon), Djokovic, which accumulates 17 consecutive victories since he fell against Nadal at the end of Rome's Masters 1000, will seek before Berrettini his sixth title in Wimbledon and thus equal the 20 Majors of Federer and Nadal . Winner of the last two editions of the tournament, the most recent, in 2019, saving two party balls in the final against Federer, the Serb is peeled at the highest step of the podium in the best conditions, before a debutant in an end of this Range to whoever has surpassed in its two preceding crosses. You have to travel to the quarterfinals of 2017 to find the last defeat of it in Wimbledon. He was in the quarterfinals. He retreated from a right shoulder injury when he lost 7-6 (2) and 2-0 against Tomas Berdych. He did not play again to the Australian Open of 2018, where he was surprised in eighths by Korean Hyeon Chung. The recurrent problems on his shoulder caused thick stumbles on the North American Tour of Hard Track. After losing with Benoit Paire in Miami he was raised to leave tennis. Time of Shadows His sad step of the clay tour, topped with defeat in Roland Garros Rooms before Marco Cecchinato, then 72º of the world, added shadows to the future of him in the elite. In the small press room number two of the Parisian tournament, he commented that he was not clear if he would play Wimbledon. He showed up in Queen & Amp; Apos; Sy played a great final against Marin Cilic, the prologue of rebirthing him at All England Club, with Nadal as a victim in a semifinal fever of deliveries and Kevin Anderson accovers in comparsa in the final. He started a streak of seven titles of the Grand Slam. In the same period, Federer, defeated in quarters of this edition of Wimbledon by Hubert Hurkacz, with obvious symptoms of an irremediable sunset, has not won none. Nadal, three. Nine times winner in Melbourne, five in London, three in New York and two in Paris, Djokovic can get the twentieth to 34 years and 50 days. Federer did it with 36 years and 173 days. Nadal, 34 years old and 130 days. But Nole's challenge has an even greater scope. In case of beating Berrettini, seventh favorite and recent champion in Queen & Amp; Apos; s, would become the fifth player in history that chains the first three big of the season, adding to Jack Crawford (1933), Don Budge (1938 ), Lew Hoad (1956) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969). Only Budge and Laver, this on two occasions, completed the four in the same year. A victory this Sunday would keep all the dreams of him alive, including the possibility of achieving Golden Slam. Nadal and Andre Agassi have the four titles of the Grand Slam and Olympic gold, but they got it in different years. Steffi Graf, in 1988, is the only one who made full: winner in all the majors and also in Seoul. Even with a long way ahead, it has to start by winning the final of today, Djokovic, who has assured him in the Tokyo Games, wants everything.
Updated Date: 11 July 2021, 06:55