Novak Djokovic plays in his 100th match at Wimbledon today when he faces Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz on the main court.
The Serbian is on course to collect his eighth grass court title after having already dealt with Pedro Cachin, Jordan Thompson and Stan Wawrinka, but the fiery Hurkacz stands wide in his way.
The 26-year-old Warsaw native is known for his fiery serves, while he also wielded the scepter in Roger Federer’s final Wimbledon match. In 2021, he beat the Swiss tennis legend 6-3, 7-6 and 6-0.
“I don’t think Hubert has many weak points. His serving is great while he can move quickly across the court, at the same time his height ensures that he is also a force near the net,” said Djokovic.
Still, Djokovic is undefeated against his younger opponent.
The world’s number one player has reigned supreme in all five of their previous matches, while also winning their previous clash at Wimbledon (in 2019) 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 and 6-4.
Meanwhile, Carlos Alcaraz admitted that he would very much like to play against Djokovic in the final of the tournament.
“It’s not just tennis fans who are looking forward to the possible duel, I’m looking forward to it myself,” said the 20-year-old Spaniard.
Earlier during the French Open in Paris, Alcaraz came second against the Serbian when he lost in four sets with 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 and 6-1.
The Spanish tennis sensation collected his first grass court title in the run-up to Wimbledon when he walked away with the laurels in the Queen’s club tournament. However, he still admitted then that Djokovic can be difficult to stop.
“Novak is the favorite to win Wimbledon, but I will try to play at this level to have the chance to beat him or reach the final.
“I saw statistics that Novak won more matches at Wimbledon than the other top 20 players (combined).”
Djokovic has reigned supreme at Wimbledon since 2018 and hasn’t lost on the main court in the last ten years since losing to Andy Murray in the final.