Novak Djokovic will 'find a way to win' Wimbledon to help bury the demons of the 'Australia debacle,' says Pam Shriver.
Djokovic heads to Wimbledon still awaiting his first Grand Slam title of the year, although a large part of that is the fact he was deported from Australia in January due to a belief that his views on vaccination would put people at risk.
Shriver has described that incident as 'a debacle' and, although it has undoubtedly set the Serbian back this year, she believes he is now in a position where he can use it as extra motivation to succeed.
Asked by Pickswise about Novak Djokovic's Wimbledon chances, Shriver said: "He is my favourite to win.
"His grass-court game is superb, he’s won the last three Wimbledons played, and I feel like the French Open getting back to the five-set format, I think he’ll be much more ready for this compared to Paris.
"Playing grass for him is a different ball game compared to clay. He has the hunger and desire to do well. He won’t want Nadal to go three Grand Slams ahead of him after defeat in France and the debacle in Australia earlier this year.
"I think he’ll find a way to win, he’s my number one pick. His movement on grass is unbelievable, he’s learned how to be a bigger server on grass, and he’s still the best returner in the game.
"I wish he played a pre-tournament warm-up, but I have a feeling that after all the clay-court tournaments he played in the spring, he must have felt like he was running on empty after the quarter-final defeat in the French Open."
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