Daniil Medvedev Sidelines Rafael Nadal and Unilaterally Claims Novak Djokovic as Clear Favorite to Win 2022 Wimbledon Championship

Published 06/22/2022, 6:50 AM EDT
Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia (L) talks with Daniil Medvedev of Russia (R) during the trophy presentation after their match in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Complying with Wimbledon’s decision to ban Russian players this year, Daniil Medvedev will be enjoying the 2022 Wimbledon Championship from the comfort of his home. As a result, like other tennis fans, Medvedev recently picked his favorite for the title.

Coming fresh as runner-up in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Halle, the 26-year-old recently conversed with a Spanish media house. Sidelining Rafael Nadal, the World No. 1 has placed his bet on his arch-rival, Novak Djokovic. During the conversation, Medvedev opened up about the reasons for him picking Djokovic as his favorite.

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Daniil Medvedev on picking Djokovic as his favorite for the Wimbledon crown

Going back in time, the on-court rivalry between Djokovic and Medvedev dates back to 2017 when the two first played. Ever since then, the two today stand with ten meetings, of which Djokovic leads with six. However, out of the ten meetings, only one has taken place on grass, with Djokovic winning in straight sets.

Apart from that, needless to say, Djokovic’s track record on the grass courts of the All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club is nothing less than extraordinary. The Serb has dominated the tournament in recent years, winning the last 3 championships.

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia (L) congratulates Daniil Medvedev of Russia (R) after their match in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Considering the such stats, Medvedev admitted, “Novak is always the favourite. He has won the last three Wimbledons that have been played. He plays very well on grass. If we talk about the best players in history on grass, I would place him at the top, although I have not seen Borg or Sampras play.”

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The other favorites for Medvedev

Talking about Wimbledon, apart from Djokovic, another name that comes to every fan’s mind is Roger Federer. The Swiss maestro is an 8-time Wimbledon champion, the most by any player in the men’s circuit. However, with his absence at this year’s Wimbledon, Medvedev gave the second and third spot in his ‘favorites list’ to 2021 Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini and the 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.

Going ahead in the conversation, Medvedev said, “From my generation, Federer and Djokovic are the best. Of course, Nadal can win any tournament he plays in and Berrettini is playing at a high level. Speaking of favourites, Djokovic, Berrettini and Nadal.”

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Daniil Medvedev has picked his favorites. With the Championship just 5 days away, who is your favorite? Do let us know in the comments below.

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Ahmar Wasif

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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.

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