Novak Djokovic vs Kwon Soon-Woo Wimbledon 2022 Preview

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In what could be his last slam of the year due to questions over his ability to access the United States, Novak Djokovic will be eager to make his mark and pull one back on Rafael Nadal in the slams count. He begins the defence of his Wimbledon title against Kwon Soon-Woo, currently ranked outside the top 70.

The Korean had been swinging between the main tour and Challenger circuit in previous years but is now becoming a mainstay on the tour. Ranked as high as No. 52 after an Astana title, he has faltered a bit in 2022 and does have a losing record on the year. He went 0-2 in the grass warmup tournaments with a disappointing 6-1 6-2 loss to Hugo Gaston last time out.

While there are a few rivals developing as stronger grass specialists, Djokovic remains consistently the best player on the surface for now. He has not played since losing at the French Open but the lack of competitive warmups is not an issue for Djokovic, who has often gone without. “I think movement is the biggest one really, the biggest adaptation that needs to be done on the grass coming from the clay, where players like myself slide quite a lot. On grass that’s not always possible. It is possible to slide, but you can’t do it as frequently or as often or maybe as free as you do it on clay.” he said on the transition to grass.

Djokovic’s Australian Open record and Nadal’s French Open record are rightly talked up often but Djokovic is quietly moving towards catching up with Pete Sampras and Roger Federer at SW19 also. Winning this year would match Sampras’ record of seven, putting him in good shape to match Federer next year. His opening week here should allow him to ease into things ahead of a tougher second week.

Prediction – Novak Djokovic in straight sets

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