Mats Wilander makes brutal Wimbledon prediction between Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic
Wilander thinks Djokovic is better than Federer in every area and will convincingly claim the 16th Grand Slam title of his career.
World No 1 Djokovic has barely shifted out of second gear as he cruised into the final, where he is looking to defend his grass-court crown.
And seven-time Grand Slam winner Wilander fells the Serbian is a sure-fire winner.
“For Sunday’s match it’s hard to not see Novak be a pretty strong clear favourite for the title because Federer’s weapon is probably his serve and Novak finds a way to neutralise that,” Wilander said.
“Federer’s serve is not that hard, but well placed… so Novak will get a play on mosrt serves and then he’s in the rally straight away.
“From the baseline, and when the balls in play, I think Federer can stay with Djokovic well. Of course, Novak can serve pretty much as well as Roger Federer does and can set up many free points as Federer himself.
“If you look at everything, you can say the weakest part of Djokovic’s game is as good as Federer’s, he’s stronger in a couple of places such as movement, the return of serve and the backhand.
“I think it’s going to be tough. I think Djokovic is going to feel pressure, that’s for sure, but then for Federer is might be his last chance.”
Federer had to come through a gruelling four-set battle with Rafael Nadal in his semi-final.
So question marks may hang over how much the 37-year-old has left in the tank.
But Wilander cannot see where the Swiss star could hurt his long-term rival.
“There are no openings with Novak that Roger will see,” Wilander added.
“With Rafa there are openings, because he’s leaving some court space over here, he goes four metres back, he comes in a little, whereas Novak is just ‘brrrrr’, it’s like a curtain.
“And that, to me, dulls the mind down for Federer. He has to reinvent and create all the time, over and over again.”
Djokovic and Federer are due on Centre Court at 2pm this afternoon.
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