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Novak Djokovic's projected path to Wimbledon 2024 final

Published at :June 29, 2024 at 2:38 PM
Modified at :June 29, 2024 at 3:26 PM
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Shashank Tripathi

Novak Djokovic will also play in the 2024 Paris Olympics for Serbia.

Novak Djokovic withdrew from the 2024 French Open after he tore the meniscus of his right knee against Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo in the fourth round. He also underwent a surgical procedure for the same and was uncertain about his participation in the Wimbledon 2024 Championships.

However, it’s almost confirmed that the Serb will play at the grass-court Major and his campaign will commence on July 2, Tuesday. Last season, he lost to Carlos Alcaraz in a five-set thriller. Consequently, the 24-time Grand Slam champion would be eying redemption as well as his eighth singles Wimbledon title.

Thus, without further ado, let’s take a look at Novak Djokovic’s projected path to the Wimbledon 2024 final:

First Round: Vit Kopriva

Novak Djokovic will start his Wimbledon 2024 campaign against the Czech Republic’s Vit Kopriva. The 27-year-old has played only 15 matches on the ATP tour, and he’s currently ranked #123. Thus, the Czech Republic international will have an uphill battle against Djokovic in the first round of the Wimbledon Championships.

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Second Round: Alejandro Moro Canas or Jacob Fearnley

Alejandro Moro Canas defeated Joao Fonseca, Matteo Gigante, and Damir Dzumhur to secure a spot in the main draw of Wimbledon 2024. Meanwhile, Jacob Fearnley has received a wildcard and will make his Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon 2024. The two will face each other in the first round and the match can go either way; nevertheless, the match winner will face 24-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic.

Third Round: Alexei Popyrin or Tomas Martin Etcheverry

Alexei Popyrin lost against Andy Murray in the first round of the Queen’s Club Championships last week. In addition to that, the ATP World No. #47 has never got past the second round at Wimbledon. However, it would be interesting to see his campaign at Wimbledon 2024, where he will arrive with a win-loss tally of 10-11.

Tomas Martin Etcheverry could face Djokovic for the first time on grass. Although his record on grass hasn’t been commendable, the 24-year-old can stun the seven-time Wimbledon champion with his agility. The Serb currently leads Etcheverry 3-0 in their head-to-head record.

Fourth Round: Holger Rune or Karen Khachanov

Holger Rune was expected to be one of the brightest prospects in tennis; however, the Dane’s on-court troubles have restricted him from attaining success. Rune suffered a disappointing elimination in the first round of the Queen’s Club Championships against Jordan Thompson. Since then, he has been practicing at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

Meanwhile, the 2021 Wimbledon quarterfinalist, Karen Khachanov is another exciting player in the draw. The Russian tennis star has faced Djokovic 10 times on the tour, winning only once. They faced each other in the fourth round of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships, where the Serbian recorded a straight-set victory.

Quarterfinals: Hubert Hurkacz or Alex de Minaur

Hubert Hurkacz is a former Wimbledon semifinalist and also played in the final of the 2024 Halle Open against Jannik Sinner. The Pole lost the match; however, he has garnered enough momentum to perform well in the grass court Major. Hurkacz has recorded wins over Roger Federer, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Bublik on grass. Thus, he’s a top contender to reach at least the quarterfinals in London.

Alex de Minaur won the Libema Open earlier this month and also gave a praiseworthy performance at the French Open. However, he was eliminated in the first round of the Queen’s Club Championships by Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti.

Minaur’s best finish at the Grand Slam came in 2022 when he reached the fourth round. However, he’s expected to better his record by reaching his first quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

Semifinals: Andrey Rublev or Alexander Zverev

Andrey Rublev is an exciting talent; however, he has never reached the Serbians semifinals of any Grand Slam tournaments. The 26-year-old has played 10 Grand Slam quarterfinals and lost all. At Wimbledon 2024, the Russian has a golden opportunity to break that jinx and win his first Major title.

However, as per reports, Rublev is currently suffering from a tonsil problem and he’ll undergo treatment for the problem during the Olympics. Meanwhile, Alexander Zverev has never reached the last eight of the grass court Major. He has reached the fourth round in 2017 and 2021. Before Wimbledon, he played at the Halle Open, where he lost to Hubert Hurkacz.

Final: Jannik Sinner or Carlos Alcaraz

In the final, the Serbian legend can face Jannik Sinner or Carlos Alcaraz. Novak Djokovic hasn’t played a final in 2024. He was stunned in the semi-final of the 2024 Australian Open by Sinner. However, on a different surface, things and strategies will differ.

Apart from Jannik Sinner, the 24-time Grand Slam champion might also face a replay of last year’s final, where he faced Carlos Alcaraz. The Spanish three-time Grand Slam champion stunned Novak Djokovic to win the grass court Major.

Alcaraz also broke Djokovic’s 34-match unbeaten streak at the Centre Court. Thus, with little to predict and a lot to speculate, an interesting rivalry can unfold in the further stages of the Grand Slam.

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