Novak Djokovic is the top men's tennis player in the world and the defending Wimbledon champion.
So, why is it that Djoker needs to win Wimbledon this year?
Is it not enough that he'll maintain his top world ranking (no matter what happens) because world No. 2 Rafael Nadal was upset in the second round?
In fact, Djokovic has a lot of redeeming to do at Wimbledon. He's been on somewhat of a cold streak as of late.
Even though the ATP rankings would disagree, the distinguished title of best tennis player in the world has to go to Nadal at the moment, and you'd be hard pressed to find anybody who would want to argue that.
So, with Nadal out of Wimbledon, is it still imperative that Djoker wins the tournament? After all, Nadal can't beat him in the final this time.
My answer to that is yes.
Djokovic currently has a 2,220-point lead on Nadal and a 2,845-point lead on Roger Federer in the world rankings. With Nadal set to only receive 45 event points from Wimbledon, a win for Djokovic (which is worth 2,000 points) will allow Djokovic to increase his lead over Nadal, almost making it a given that he will hold onto the top spot in the world through the end of the year.
Then, add in the opinions that Nadal (like Kulha wrote) is currently the best tennis player in the world. With a win, Djoker can silence those opinions and show again why he is the best player in the world and that the No. 1 ranking is no fluke.
Wimbledon is vitally important to Djokovic, even though he likely won't admit it.
Federer had is time on top, as did Nadal.
But now, it's Djokovic's time.
No longer should we consider Federer and Nadal the top two players in the world. Instead, the top honor goes to Djokovic.
I think he's proven that time and time again over the last year, although I'll admit Nadal had his way with Djoker at the French Open.
But, he still won three out of the last four Grand Slams and looks primed to make it four out of five.
Djokovic is on top of the tennis world and should stay there for a long time.
However, until he wins four straight Grand Slams or doesn't have minor setbacks, people are always going to say that Nadal and/or Federer are lurking behind him.
But, that can all change with Wimbledon.
A win here, sets him up for a second-straight U.S. Open title and pushes his points lead out further, hopefully ending the conversation about who is the best tennis player in the world.