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‘Depends on Novak Djokovic’s preparation’, says former Top 5

Wimbledon is just around the corner and the players are getting ready for the big event. Some chose to start the season on grass with the first ATP 250: the Boss Open in Stuttgart, won by Matteo Berrettini, and the Libéma Open in the Netherlands, won by Grand Slam wildcard Tim van Rijthoven.

Next came the two 500 tournaments, with Queen’s and Halle: the winner of the Queen’s tournament was again the Italian number one; in Germany, on the other hand, it was Hubert Hurkacz who triumphed against Daniil Medvedev, his second loss in the final in a fortnight.

Other tennis players, however, decided to play the British Grand Slam directly. Among them are two former world number ones: defending champion Novak Djokovic and two-time winner Rafael Nadal. Both, however, have decided to test their form (the Spaniard, in particular) at the Hurlingham Tennis Classics 2022 exhibition tournament.

Along with them, there will be three other Top 10 tennis players: Casper Ruud, Carlos Alcaraz and Felix Auger-Aliassime. In the program published on the page of the event, which will be held from June 21 to 24, it is already clear who will be the rivals of the two former world number ones.

Rafael Nadal will debut on Wednesday the 22nd against another Slam winner, Stan Wawrinka; he will follow Novak Djokovic against the Canadian number one. On Thursday, instead, the debuts of Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud will take place: the finalist of the last edition of Roland Garros will face David Goffin; the Spaniard, on the other hand, is waiting to meet his rival.

Davydenko on Nole Djokovic

Speaking during a recent interview with CLAY, Davydenko said that while Novak Djokovic will be keen to win a few more Majors. “He [Novak Djokovic] is getting older now, it will be interesting, but I am sure he wants to win a few more Slams.

He has a good chance in Wimbledon and at the US Open, provided that he plays. Depends on his preparation,” Davydenko said. The former World No. 3 reminisced about an early encounter on the practice courts with a 17-year-old Novak Djokovic and said he saw a special spark in the Serbian right away.

“He was 16-17 years old at the time, he was working with Riccardo Piatti, and he told me: ‘Novak will be the next top player’. And I answered: ‘It seems so’. In two years, he was already in the top 10. Amazing – boom. And he is still there,” Davydenko added.

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