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Wimbledon: Can Djokovic be stopped?

Defending champion Novak Djokovic is the overwhelming favourite to retain his Wimbledon crown this year. We take a look at the event in this Grand Slam preview.

Venue: All England Club 

Dates: 27 June-10 July

The Favourite

Novak Djokovic is a six-time winner of the event and is in fine form. The world No. 3 has made a strong to his grass season as he saw off Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-2 6-1 at the Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic.

What about Rafa and Roger?

Firstly, we are unsure if Roger Federer will ever play again. He’s missing Wimbledon this year and the 40-year-old remains a doubt to make his scheduled return to play in September. He has only played 19 competitive matches since the start of 2020.

Nadal continues to play but admits to doing it with a lot of pain. The French Open champion is likely to play but may run out of gas towards the latter stages.

The others in the field

Britain’s Andy Murray, 35, is a likely wildcard entrant but isn’t expected to be able to match up Djokovic. Russian Daniil Medvedev, who prevented Djokovic from achieving a calendar-year Grand Slam in last year’s US Open final, is unable to play due a tournament ban.

Italian Matteo Berrettini is a big threat as is 19-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz.

Another young star who can cause a big upset is 21-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime. He pushed Nadal all the way before losing in five sets in the last 16 in Paris.

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