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Novak Djokovic, aka The Thing
In recent months he has shown that Novak Djokovic is a unique character, for good and bad reasons. However, there have been no more solid players than him in four years. Although he has just been dethroned from the first place in the world, he remains the favorite to win the tournament and thus triumph for the seventh time at the All England Club. Strength and endurance are two of Djoko’s greatest gifts and he will obviously be able to exploit them, especially in a table dwarfed by the absence of Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev (injured in his foot). When he’s in his zone, the Serbian is practically invincible. He is still looking for his 21And title in the Grand Slam tournaments and if he were to get there it would be his 4And directly to Wimbledon. Djokovic was disqualified from the Australian Open and was knocked out in the quarter-finals at Roland-Garros by Rafael Nadal. The two could meet in the final. The Serbian has not played since this defeat at Porte d’Auteuil.
Rafael Nadal, aka the Human Torch
The matador managed to rise from the ashes earlier in the year, after missing the entire end of last season. Still burns the sacred fire of the Spaniard who for the first time in his career won the first two major tournaments of the season, in Australia and at Roland-Garros. Against all odds, Nadal took a two-fold lead over Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer at the top of the greatest male champions in history, with 22 major tournament wins. The boy prodigy made his Wimbledon debut in 2003 and has since become one of his sport’s greatest ambassadors of him. He is looking for the Grand Slam, an unprecedented feat since 1969. Despite the recurring pain in one foot that causes him to suffer martyrdom, Nadal burned his head a little while participating in the last Roland-Garros tournament. He made it through many injections. He seems more motivated than ever and is ready to do anything to leave an indelible mark on his sport, at any cost. It is the second seed of the tournament.
Félix Auger-Aliassime, aka Mr. Fantastic
Everyone says it, without exception: Félix Auger-Aliassime is a true gentleman. A mature and responsible boy who commands respect from all, despite his 21 years. What is less said, however, is that he has a tremendous chance of winning his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. He has shown that he can compete with the best in the world. He remembers the quarter-final match against Daniil Medvedev in Australia in January, or against Nadal at Roland-Garros more recently. The Quebecer’s serve and his agility on the net will allow him to do well in a tournament he particularly likes. Auger-Aliassime has extraordinary talent and an Olympic calm. With a title already in his pocket this season, he is the sixth seed and possibly the fourth best player on grass at the tournament. He reached the quarter-finals last year and although his grass season has been mixed, the Quebecer could make more than one proud in two weeks.
Matteo Berrettini, aka The invisible woman
Of course, Matteo Berrettini is a man. Now that the case had been resolved, it was difficult to predict how he would return after a three-month absence due to a hand injury. The Italian, in fact, is practically invisible since the beginning of the season. He lost in the Australian Open semifinal to Nadal, but after radio silence, or almost. Eventually, the 26-year-old returned to the Stuttgart grass, with no expectations, and ended up winning the tournament against Andy Murray. The following week, at the Queen’s Tournament, he won top marks for the second consecutive year. To see him reach the final of last year’s Wimbledon tournament, and after this spectacular return to the field, we have to admit that Berrettini is cut off for the match on the grass and that he could easily reach the square of Avere next week. He will be the eighth seed and although he has a relatively calm temperament, he has a lot of character and can generate a lot of power from a height of six feet five inches.