But it’s not happened. Djokovic lost in the final of the US Open to Daniil Medvedev, before being booted out of the Australian Open.
Nadal took advantage, triumphing in Melbourne to move ahead of both Federer and Djokovic on 21, which quickly became 22 with victory at the French Open.
Djokovic was beaten by Nadal at Roland Garros, but the Serbian is poised to reduce the deficit back to one at tennis’ third slam of the year.
Winner: Novak Djokovic 10/11
Djokovic is odds-on favourite for a reason.
The 35-year-old has won the last three Wimbledon men’s singles titles, in 2018, 2019 and 2021 (2020 was cancelled).
A six-time time winner at SW19, few players look capable of stopping him from making it seven.
Winner: Matteo Berrettini 6/1
In the absence of the banned Medvedev, Matteo Berrettini looks to be Djokovic’s greatest threat.
Berrettini is a fine grass-court player, reaching the Wimbledon final last year, which he lost to Djokovic in four sets,.
The Italian has claimed two titles on the surface already this season, too. He beat Andy Murray in the final of Stuttgart, before defending his title at Queen’s Club two weeks ago.
The opposite side of the draw to Djokovic, Berrettini is a good bet to make the final at 9/4.
Winner: Rafael Nadal 7/1
Rafael Nadal, incredibly, won the Australian Open and French Open, despite struggling with a persistent foot injury.
Just don’t expect the Spaniard to make it three at Wimbledon.
The switch to grass, a much faster surface than clay, won’t help his ailing body, while the two-time champion has not triumphed at this event since 2010.
Winner: Andy Murray 66/1
Two-time Wimbledon winner Andy Murray remains a fine grass court player, as shown by his recent run to the Stuttgart final.
But 35-year-old is not going to turn back time here.