Wimbledon 2019 Men’s Singles The Favorites
The defending champion and four time title holder (’11, ’14, ’15, ’18) had a tumultuous end to his Roland Garros ’18 and has not played an ATP Grass warm up tournament, but if he comes to Wimbledon focused and prepared, the trophy is likely his.
Djokovic sits on top of the rankings with 12,415 points, 4,470 points more than second ranked Rafa Nadal. That haul comes mostly courtesy of 3 slams, 3 ATP 1000 titles, an RG semi, and runner up finishes in Paris-Bercy, Rome and the WTF finals.
Over the last 12 months, Djokovic is the man to beat on the ATP tour, a status he re-earned for himself back at SW19 a year ago and which he is favorite to reaffirm the second Sunday of July.
On Grass, Djokovic is too consistent and smart on serve, too good on the return and from the baseline, and his point construction means he can move forward and make the most of the lower bounce. That all round consistency if he can bring it to the championships is what will separate him from the pack.
If he can’t bring it, then it will be game on, and things could get dirtier than a muddy baseline come the second week. But just as Djokovic plays slam level tennis better than anyone, he also wins uglier more unattractively than anyone, and that mix of beauty and the beastly has been the narrative of many a slam of late, and there’s little to suggest he won’t be retelling that story over the next two weeks in SW19.
A 10th Halle title and all that match fitness that comes with his playing the tour all season are encouraging signs for Federer.
The 37 year old has a realistic chance of winning a ninth Wimbledon title, and the only player who can stop him seems to be Novak Djokovic.
With Federer seeded 2nd, the two will be at opposite ends of the draw so Federer should, at the very least, make the final. Last year’s self-confessed disaster versus Kevin Anderson will certainly keep him in check if he feels for even one second he’s starting to take his eye off the prize.
Once he’s a match away from it, and if Djokovic also makes it to the championship match, that match will be a tough one to call. The edge will go to the Serb, but the Swiss, the greatest active grass courter in the draw bar none, certainly won’t be written off should he get in sight of title No.9.
Cilic, hit with a knee injury last season, is not having a good 2019- he’s 10-9- and went out in the second round of Queens to Diego Schwartzman.
If Cilic is healthy, he could go on one of his runs. There are few players better at best of five or better on Grass.
The Roland Garros champ and world No.2 won’t be seeded second due to Wimbledon’s seeding method and so he’ll have to potentially get through both Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer to win the title.
However, they will also have to get through him, and if you ask Djokovic, who won arguably 2018’s match of the year versus Nadal in last year’s semis, that is anything but a stroll on the grass.
Last year’s finalist is on the road back from injury so it might be a lot to ask him to repeat last year’s run. Still, if he’s healthy, few will be more motivated to clinch their first slam than Anderson.
Latest posts by Christian Deverille (see all)
- Playing the Waiting Game - July 11, 2020
- Australian Open 2020 Men’s Singles Preview - January 19, 2020
- Fantasy Australian Open 2020: At least 1,276 GBP/1,500 Euro in prizes! - January 18, 2020
- ATP Cup Day 10 Final Notes - January 13, 2020
- ATP Cup Day 9 Notes - January 11, 2020