Roger Federer Admits Novak Djokovic Deserves Being Tagged the ‘Favorite’ at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 07/02/2021, 12:09 PM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands with Novak Djokovic of Serbia after Novak Djokovic winning his Men’s Singles final during Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)


Though he’s amongst the contenders for the title, Roger Federer has conceded that Novak Djokovic deserves the tag as the favorite to land the Wimbledon Championship trophy this year.

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Arguably in the form of his life, the Serbian was on the champion’s podium at both Melbourne Park and Roland-Garros this year and is being widely tipped to defend his title at All England.

In fact, he is seen as being poised to become only the second player in the history of tennis after Steffi Graf to land a ‘Golden Slam’ – all four Grand Slam titles and the individual gold at the Olympics.

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“They’re probably right about Djokovic making all those finals”: Roger Federer

Seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe, who is part of the commentary panel at this year’s Championships, has also spoken highly of Djokovic and his chances of winning a ‘Golden Slam’.

He said the current World No.1 has already crossed the toughest hurdle, the French Open, in his road to the incredible career feat. As per him, he should fancy getting there if he can sustain his current form and fitness through to the remaining marquee events.

Speaking to reporters after reaching another third round at Wimbledon on Thursday, Federer said all the talk surrounding Djokovic’s chances of landing another Championship title isn’t out of place.

“They probably are right about Djokovic making all those finals on the other side, that he’s the favorite,” said the 39-year-old Swiss.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 30: Novak Djokovic of Serbia walks past Roger Federer of Switzerland during change of ends in their Men’s Singles Semifinal match on day eleven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

However, he added that given his track record and previous results at All England, those talking down the Serbian’s chances would also have him in their minds as a possible title contender.

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“Then me, with my results here, they always have to put me in somewhere,” Federer added.

Speaking from his previous experience of playing Alexander Zverev on grass, the Swiss said the German could be a handful on the lawns of All England if he gets his serves going.

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“I feel like Zverev also should be higher maybe because I have played him on grass before. I know he can play very well on grass, especially if he’s clocking his serves,” Federer said.

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He added that Daniil Medvedev should also be seen as a strong title contender as “he’s No.2 in the world”.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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