'Of Course': Djokovic Considers Himself Wimbledon Favourite Without Being 'Arrogant'

'Of Course': Djokovic Considers Himself Wimbledon Favourite Without Being 'Arrogant'

by Alfredo Bassanelli

Novak Djokovic is in the Wimbledon semi-final with only two more wins needed to equal Roger Federer's iconic eight wins at the event.

Novak Djokovic arrived in London without an official ATP match though he played one at the Hurlingham exhibition. It's a prep that worked for him many times in the past as he won the previous four editions of Wimbledon. This year's edition is a special one as he not only can equal the 8th of Federer but also win his 5th consecutive.

All those milestones explain why many players and pundits considered Djokovic the overwhelming favourite for the event before it started. The Serbian sees himself in that light as well, and why shouldn't he? There have been some incredible stats leading up to the event, like the one where he had more wins at the event than the rest of the Top 20 combined.

The Serbian even showed off his confidence after the win over Andrey Rublev. Speaking on the court after the match, the Serbian kind of sent a lighthearted warning to the rest of the field by saying that they've yet to dethrone him.

I know they want to get a scalp, they want to win but it ain't happening still.

He struck a very similar confident tone in his post-match press conference, where he admitted that he does see himself as a favourite though he qualified the statement that he didn't want to come off as arrogant. It's rather known that Djokovic respects his opponent, but his stats at the event are undeniable.

I mean, I don't want to sound arrogant, but of course I would consider myself favorite. Judging with the results I had in my career here, previous four occasions of Wimbledon that I won, and reaching other semifinal, so I do consider myself favorite, yes.

After his win over Rublev, Djokovic will face Jannik Sinner for a spot in the final. The final could be anybody from Holger Rune to Carlos Alcaraz or even Christopher Eubanks or Daniil Medvedev. Either one of those would be a spectacle.


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