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Is Novak Djokovic still the man to beat at Wimbledon, as Jimmy Connors suggests?

Is it time to sing ‘Ole, Ole, Nole‘ or will the injuries take a toll? Novak Djokovic is the king of comebacks, but making a comeback in a major after knee surgery will be a challenge! The 7-time Wimbledon champion has already made it quite clear, “I didn’t come here to play a few rounds and prove to myself that I can actually compete in one or two matches. I want to go for the title!” Now, the question is, can he survive two grueling weeks at the SW19? Well, Jimmy Connors is quite optimistic for the Serb!

The Djoker is vying to tie Roger Federer‘s record of 8 titles at this historic tournament. Viewers are keen to watch how well his knees adapt to these high-intensity conditions. However, despite all these, we’ve seen how trickier the initial rounds can be at times, but Connors believes Novak Djokovic is going to be the real ‘trickster’!

Reflecting on how well Djokovic handles back-to-back grueling battles, the 71-year-old American tennis legend said, “There’s nobody that knows that better than Novak Djokovic. He knows what it’s like to take the legs away. You know if he’s playing against somebody who has had a tough draw leading up there, he’s gonna say ‘I’ll sit out here for five hours, I don’t mind it.’ He’s good at that, so that’s why you can never count him out,he said in the Advantage Connors podcast.

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Therefore, according to Jimmy Connors, if Djokovic is healthy and feeling good, then there is no way he can’t be called a favorite in this tournament. If we look at his draw this year, Djokovic won’t be playing any Top 100 players until the third round. This will also allow him to get enough game time to adjust his body to this surface.

During the same podcast of ‘Advantage Connors,’ the American tennis legend stated that although the Serbian superstar has had a tough season so far, champions like Djokovic “thrive under pressure.” He hinted this might be the stage that the Serb has been waiting for so long this year. His incredible knack of wearing down his opponents can’t be ruled out; “his stamina is second to none.” Several other tennis experts also think that if Djokovic is fully fit, he could be a real threat at the Wimbledon.

Tennis experts remind the tennis world how Novak Djokovic has proven himself time and again

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Does the 24-time Grand Slam champion have anything left to prove through? The 2011 US Open champion, Sam Stosur, said, “He’s had such an interesting year given his lack of winning tournaments and everything. It’s easy to think: he’s on his downslide, it’s all sort of gone. But he’s arguably the greatest ever, and I don’t think you can write him off yet.

She further added, “Novak has proven time and again that when his back’s against the wall, that’s when he comes out to shine his brightest.” Stosur believes that even if Novak Djokovic is not 100% in his first few rounds, he has the potential to get through matches. He said the Serb is “phenomenal” at Wimbledon and that, with time, he’ll get stronger in this tournament.

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According to Storm Hunter, if Novak Djokovic doesn’t have to play too many five-setters in his initial matches, then he’s most likely to go through to the latter stages. She cited the example of his hamstring injury during 2023 AO and stated, “If he does potentially go deep, his body’s not maybe as much of a worry.” Even former Brazilian pro Andre Sa thinks the first couple of matches will be extremely crucial for the Serbian. Share your thoughts on Djokovic’s chances at this year’s Wimbledon.