One of the sporting events of the summer, Wimbledon gets underway on Monday and it’s all set to be another two weeks’ worth of superb action.

Rafael Nadal isn’t in attendance but the rest of the world’s best will be on court at SW19 and here’s our preview of the third Grand Slam of the year.

Djokovic hard to knock

Given he has yet to lose a Grand Slam title this year, Novak Djokovic is a more than rightful favourite for the title at 10/11.

The world number one looked down and out after falling two sets to love behind against Stefanos Tsitsipas, but he turned the match around in scintillating fashion to win his second French Open title earlier this month. That was his 84th career singles title and he heads to Wimbledon in search of his fifth title in London.

If he were to be victorious he would also equal Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s all-time record of 20 men’s singles Grand Slam wins and you feel it’s going to take a very good player to stop him.

Djokovic has won 27 of the 30 matches he’s played in 2021, so he’ll be very confident of continuing his incredibly strong start to the year over the next two weeks.

Can Federer roll back the years one more time?

To have played just eight times this year isn’t exactly the ideal preparation ahead of Wimbledon, but if there is anyone who can turn it on when the chips are down it’s Roger Federer.

Injuries prevented the 39-year-old from competing in 2020, with his run to the semi-finals at last year’s Australian Open the only tournament he played in. He looked very rusty in two tournaments prior to this year’s French Open, where having played steadily enough for the first three rounds, he withdrew sighting the rest of the campaign as being more important.

That screams a player that is solely focussed on one thing and one thing only – winning another Wimbledon title. Granted, only winning one match in Halle, a tournament Federer has won 10 times, was not the best way to warm up for this, but the major thing the Swiss needs is time on court and he’s got that over the past month or so.

The likes of Daniil Medvedev (6/1), Stefanos Tsitsipas (6/1) and Alexander Zverev (14/1) are also worthy contenders, but if Federer begins to get on a roll, then the 8/1 on him winning at Wimbledon this year could look pretty big.

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