It’s been two years since Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in one of the greatest games of all time (it was the first 12-12 tiebreak at Wimbledon and the longest final in SW19 history) and for you hungry Wimbledon fanatics the return of lawn tennis is here.
Yes it is raining and among other clichés the strawberries will be served with copious amounts of drunk pimms, but the action on center court will be a reminder that this is the grand slam event they all want to succeed. and win – a real monster sport.
Since this final in 2019, Djokovic has consolidated his position as the best on the planet. The famous victory over Federer earned him his 16th slam and he has since won three more, including two this year. With the Australian Open (his ninth) and French Open (his second) titles already in his 2021 record, the Serbian has only one thing in mind – winning all four in the same year. and become the first to do so since Rod Laver in 1969.
He might be a pot character, but there’s no doubt his supreme ability and desire to end his career as the undisputed No.1 – at least in terms of slam success.
He takes on Draper today, a potential 19-year-old star in the making, whose burgeoning left-handed serve helped him reach the quarter-finals at Queen’s two weeks ago. No one expects him to beat the world No.1 today, but what most expect the home hopeful – who is known to have a huge competitive streak – will prove to be a tenacious opponent for the main man this afternoon.
Players are scheduled to arrive on the pitch at 1:30 p.m., so stay here for pre-game news and all the action.