Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts after beating Italy’s Jannik Sinner to win their men’s singles semifinal match on day twelve of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Friday, July 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
The only hurdle that stands in Djokovic’s way to level Roger Federer’s record of eight Wimbledon singles titles on Sunday is the 20-year-old Spaniard Alcaraz, who entered the tournament at SW19 as the top seed.
Novak Djokovic is one win away from drawing level with one of the greatest players to ever grace the Centre Court in the English suburb of Wimbledon, Roger Federer. The Swiss legend who personified elegance on grass clinched a record eight titles at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and embodied what it meant to be a Wimbledon champion.
Many over the year have contemplated if the record, hitherto unseen, could be broken in their lifetimes. And as it stands we might need to wait a wait at the very least to see if someone could eclipse the maestro’s register on grass, but we could have the blessing of bearing witness to a man who has the possibility of pulling alongside Federer in the pantheons of the esteemed grass-court major.
The only hurdle that stands in Djokovic’s way on the Wimbledon final Sunday is the young and ferocious Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who entered the tournament at SW19 as the top seed.
The summit clash at the fabled Centre Court of the All England Club is unexplored territory for 20-year-old Alcaraz, who dreams of a maiden Wimbledon crown at the expense of the 36-year-old Serbian, who seems to be a the peak of his sporting prowess.
Djokovic has demonstrated unbelievable levels of consistency not just during the course of the current edition of the event in English suburbs, but also over the past decade and over.
Djokovic has already managed to surpass his peers at one time, Federer and Rafael Nadal in terms of the total number of singles grand slam titles at the most recent iteration of the French Open at the Roland Garros in the capital city of Paris.
Alcaraz, who seems to pose a robust challenge to Djokovic’s reign at the SW19 has one major to his name, which he notched up at the US Open towards the end of 2022 and will look to add to the fledgling trophy cabinet back at his residence that promises to boom with time.
As promising as Alcaraz’s chances at proliferating his prize collection in the future look, he has to outplay the indomitable Serbian on Sunday to get his name up in the roll of honour at the All England Club.