Novak Djokovic: 5 Reasons Why Djoker Should Be Feared at Wimbledon

Will OsgoodAnalyst IJune 28, 2012

Novak Djokovic: 5 Reasons Why Djoker Should Be Feared at Wimbledon

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    Of course, the goal of every single player who strolls through the All England Club in late June and early July is to win Wimbledon. For most, though, that goal is more of a pipe dream. 

    For Novak Djokovic, it's a dream based in reality, which at least to the average tennis fan still wreaks of unlikeliness. 

    However, make no mistake, Djokovic has as good a chance as anyone in the field to win this title.

    The field, of course, refers to everyone not named Rafael Nadal

1. He's Not British

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    It may seem like a big joke, but no British player has won at the All England Club since Virginia Wade in 1977. She, of course, is a female. The last gentleman to win was Fred Perry in 1936. 

    In other words, the Brits haven't exactly excelled at their own tournament. 

    The good news for Djokovic is that he is Serbian, and no such curse lies upon him and his game. His chances in this tournament are unaffected by the cruel tennis gods; which hopefully we all know do not exist anyway.  

2. He Beat Nadal at Wimbledon in 2011

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    You may have forgotten—I know I certainly did—that Novak Djokovic finished the 2011 ATP season ranked as the No. 1 player in the world. The main reason for this was because he won the final two Grand Slams of the year.

    That is, Wimbledon and the US Open.

    In the 2011 final, he defeated the man that no one could beat in Rafael Nadal. It wasn't quite retro 2008 with Nadal defeating the master, Roger Federer, but it was a match filled with excitement and a surprising finish and winner. 

    The Djoker's got the experience and maybe, just maybe the magic. 

3. Wimbledon Winners Tend to Go on Streaks

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    In the history of the championships, there have been numerous consecutive winners at Wimbledon.

    In fact, it is more common to have a back-to-back champ than it is to have a one-and-done champ at the All England Club.

    I don't know why that is, but that's the way history has revealed itself at this tournament. 

    What's more, that would seem to work in Djokovic's favor this year as well. 

4. His Road Through the Semis Should Be Relatively Easy

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    There's a slim chance that Djokovic will lose prior to the semifinals.

    With that being said, if and when he gets to within one match of the Wimbledon final, he is likely to face the No. 4 seed Andy Murray

    Murray is British. Therefore, his destiny is to get everyone's hopes up with an incredible run, before being destroyed by Djoker. 

    That's just how it's supposed to happen. Please don't shoot the messenger. 

    Once he gets to the final, Djokovic will face either Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer. Both players are capable of defeating him. 

    Federer would be playing to do something historic. The Swiss sensation can tie Pete Sampras for the most gentlemen's singles titles in the tournament's storied history. The good news for Djokovic is that Federer has fallen off his game and most likely will not reach the final. 

    Rather, his likely opponent will be Nadal, who he beat at Wimbledon last year.

    To continue with the prevailing theme, runner-ups at Wimbledon also tend to repeat, especially when the champion is the winner.

    It is an odd pattern, but it's what tends to happen. 

5. Spain in Futbol Finals

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    For the most part, Serbia is terrible at soccer. On the other hand, Spain have reached the finals of Euro 2012.

    What's any of that got to do with tennis? 

    There are two theories.

    One is that a country succeeds in every sport at one time.

    Two is that a country can only have one successful champion at one time. 

    I'm going with option two.

    The Spaniards are unlikely to enjoy the success that they've grown accustomed to in basketball at the 2012 Olympics, primarily because the USA's team this year is the closest thing we've seen to the Dream Team since the Dream Team itself. 

    Having said that, Spain looks ready to capture the soccer crown. That eliminates Rafael Nadal.

    Since Serbia sucks at soccer, they deserve a tennis champion.