Greg Rusedski believes there are only three men capable of winning Wimbledon this year – and an ‘angry’ Novak Djokovic could be very hard to stop.
Wimbledon has an unusual feel to it this year with neither of the top two in the world taking part in the men’s draw.
Daniil Medvedev is banned alongside the other Russian and Belarusian players over the events in Ukraine. Meanwhile, Alexander Zverev has undergone ankle surgery after injuring himself at Roland Garros.
That leaves Novak Djokovic an obvious favourite as the player with by far the biggest Wimbledon pedigree in the draw and the the most proven grasscourt games.
If Djokovic doesn’t win it, then Rusedski can only see Rafael Nadal and Matteo Berrettini being the ones to have stopped him.
“You have players who have the potential but winning is a totally different thing,” Rusedski said.
“Making the finals is one thing, but you have to have this mindset that’s absolutely insane these days because of the big three or four we’ve had over the generations.
“Djokovic is angry because he hasn’t won a slam this year and the way he went out to Rafa in the French Open will have hurt him.
“Rafa’s trying to go for the calendar slam. He wouldn’t be showing up if his foot wasn’t 100 per cent and he was ready to go and Berrettini has been by far the best.”
Rusedski also threw Hubert Hurkacz’s name into the reckoning for Wimbledon, and with good reason after the Pole’s fine performance to win Halle last week.
That said, he can’t see him toppling the three favourites.
“Hurkacz is a guy who can go deep – semis or final – but win? Not with those three. Those three guys at the moment have separated themselves from the pack.”
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