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Wimbledon icon: Novak Djokovic

Despite recently turning 36, Novak Djokovic remains the dominant force in tennis and the Serbian superstar will fancy his chances of securing an eighth Wimbledon crown this year.

Djokovic has already triumphed at the Australian Open and the French Open this season and now his attention turns to the grass court challenge of SW19.

The Belgrade native has clinched the Wimbledon crown on each of the last four occasions and is 8/13 to come out on top once again this season, a victory that would see him move level with Roger Federer on eight All England Club titles.

What2023 Wimbledon
WhereAll England Club, Wimbledon, London
WhenMonday 3rd July - Sunday 16th July 2023
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming, BBC & Eurosport
OddsNovak Djokovic 8/13, Carlos Alcaraz 10/3, Daniil Medvedev 16/1, Jannik Sinner 18/1

Djokovic took time to sparkle on grass

Despite winning his first Grand Slam at 20 years of age at the Australian Open in 2008, Djokovic took his time to adapt to the grass and first conquer Wimbledon.

It took until his seventh appearance in the grass-court major in 2011, when aged 24, for him to find the winning touch as he ended Rafael Nadal's reign as Wimbledon champion.

The Serb replaced Nadal as world number one following that final success and since that triumph only twice in 11 attempts has he failed to reach the semi-final stage.

There have been Wimbledon lows to match the highs since he made his breakthrough 12 years ago, most notably in 2016 when he suffered a surprise third-round defeat to big-serving American Sam Querrey.

In the following season, Djokovic was then forced to retire during his quarter-final clash with Tomas Berdych, a result that allowed Federer to maintain his Wimbledon dominance.

However, in the style of a true champion, Djokovic came back even stronger from those setbacks and he has not endured defeat at Wimbledon ever since.

The 36-year-old has won four straight Wimbledon titles - 2020 was an absent year - and there is no sign of that superiority relenting any time soon.

Federer record provides plenty of motivation

As things stand, the recently-retired Federer is the most decorated male in Wimbledon history with eight title triumphs, the latest of which came in 2017.

Federer's total could have been considerably higher had it not been for the steely defence of Djokovic, who silenced the Swiss legend in the finals in 2014, 2015 and 2019.

But Djokovic is now hot on Federer's heels and the Serb will be determined to move level with that achievement this season, especially with a calendar Grand Slam still on the agenda.

The current world number two has already won in Australia and France this season and victory at Wimbledon and the US Open would see him become only the third man in history to win all four Grand Slam events in one season, following in the footsteps of Don Budge and Rod Laver.

Djokovic is 8/13 to win at Wimbledon and is 3/1 to go on to claim all four Grand Slam titles this season.

Serb has been prone to slow starts

The end result is ultimately all that matters, but last year's triumph showed that Djokovic can often take time to hit top stride.

In five of Djokovic's seven matches in 2022 he dropped a set - and from the quarter-final onwards he found himself in a spot of bother having lost the opening set.

In fact, in his quarter-final win over Jannik Sinner, Djokovic had lost the first two sets and needed to dig extremely deep to pull off a superb comeback, prevailing in an epic five-setter after a three-hour and 39-minute classic.

Fatigue could have been expected on the back of that and the Serbian again lost the first set of his semi-final clash with British number one Cameron Norrie.

A similar scenario panned out in his title decider with the charismatic Nick Kyrgios, too, as the Australian landed the first blow by winning the opener 6-4.

Class prevailed on each occasion as Djokovic again showed his never-say-die character, but age catches up with everybody and it does at least offer some hope for those unlucky enough to face him in this year's Championships.

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