The two men who can stop Novak Djokovic winning Wimbledon title


Novak Djokovic is just one win away from the Wimbledon final (Picture: Getty)

Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev appear to be the last two men standing who can stop Novak Djokovic from winning the Wimbledon 2024 title.

That’s no disrespect to 25th-seed Lorenzo Musetti, Djokovic’s 22-year-old opponent in the last four after the Serbian was gifted a quarter-final walkover, it’s just that Alcaraz and Medvedev have both already beaten Djokovic in major finals.

Italy’s Musetti dumped out 13th-seed Taylor Fritz with a superb 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 3-6 6-1 win – but it is surely whoever comes out on top in Friday’s semi-final between Alcaraz and Medvedev who will more confident about their chances of genuine title success in SW19 – and both men know what they need to do next.

Russian world No.5 Medvedev stunned Djokovic in the 2021 US Open final, denying the 37-year-old from landing a historical calendar Grand Slam.

It remains the only major trophy in Medvedev’s cabinet, compared to Alcaraz’s three, with the young Spaniard defeating Djokovic in last year’s Wimbledon final.

But what must third-seed Alcaraz and fifth-seed Medvedev do in order to deny Djokovic again? Here’s everything you need to know…

How can Carlos Alcaraz stop Novak Djokovic?

Carlos Alcaraz’s ‘sliding backhands’ can hurt Novak Djokovic (Picture: Getty)

Carlos Alcaraz is hoping to defend his Wimbledon title and clinch a rare Channel Slam at this year’s Championships following his recent French Open triumph.

For Alcaraz to beat Djokovic again, he’ll need to retain his ‘bull mentality’ while keeping up his ‘incredible defence’ and ‘sliding backhands’.

Djokovic, speaking after his Wimbledon 2023 final defeat, said: ‘I didn’t expect him to play so well this year on grass, but he’s proven he’s the best player in the world.

‘I haven’t played a player like him ever, to be honest. I think people have been talking in the past 12 months or so about his game consisting of certain elements from Roger, Rafa, and myself. I would agree with that.

‘He’s got basically the best of all three worlds. He’s got this Spanish bull mentality, fighting spirit and incredible defence that we’ve seen with Rafa.

‘I think he’s got some nice sliding backhands, some similarities with my backhands. He is a complete player.’

How can Daniil Medvedev stop Novak Djokovic?

Daniil Medvedev must once again conjure up his fast second serves (Picture: Getty)

Daniil Medvedev is appearing in the Wimbledon semi-finals for just the second time after his career-best run at last year’s Championships.

While he is somewhat of a slight underdog against Alcaraz, the Russian is still among the very best players in the world and just eliminated world No.1 Jannik Sinner in SW19.

Speaking in March last year, Djokovic warned that Medvedev should ‘never’ be underestimated, given his superb record and the fact he’s already won a major.

For Medvedev to beat Djokovic again, he will need to keep producing his rapid second serves which have caused the Serbian big problems in the past.

‘When someone serves a 128mph second serve and goes for every shot, you just have to congratulate him,’ Djokovic said after a battle with Medvedev in 2019.

‘He played amazing tennis from 4-3 in the second set. Not much that I could really do. Today I did lose a tennis match, but I didn’t do too much wrong.’

‘If you don’t want Novak to win, be as quiet as possible!’

Novak Djokovic was left furious on Monday after facing boos (Picture: Getty)

Novak Djokovic slammed the Centre Court crowd in an angry on-court speech following his most recent match, a last 16 win over Holger Rune, over booing and ‘disrespect’.

In last year’s final, the seven-time Wimbledon champion was also booed and cupped his ear to spectators amid their huge support for Carlos Alcaraz. It’s something that could be a factor again on July 14 if he defeats Musetti.

Nick Kyrgios, a runner-up to the 24-time major winner at Wimbledon 2022, has warned fans that taunting Djokovic only makes him stronger.

‘Novak looks for more motivation in those things,’ Kyrgios said. ‘He’ll single out that one person to find that extra motivation.

‘My advice to anyone going up against Novak in the future in the crowd, if you don’t want Novak to win, be as quiet as possible.’


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