Djokovic Talks up Wimbledon Hopes

Novak Djokovic feels he is in peak condition going into Wimbledon, as he looks to defend the title he won last year.
The Serbian won his first SW19 title with victory over Rafael Nadal in 2011, a year in which he dominated and moved to the top of the rankings.

Djokovic has already collected the Australian Open title, this year, and reached his first French Open final, before losing to Nadal.

After a hectic schedule at Roland Garros, the world number one has played just one grass-court event in the run up to Wimbledon, the Boodles exhibition event.

Djokovic, who recently beat Andy Murray 6-4 6-4, insists that he is “happy with the way things are going” in the lead up to SW19. His optimism, in recent weeks, has no doubt influenced the bookies odds on the player; Djokovic is ahead of Nadal in the tennis betting offers on Bet365.
The world number one said: “I’m striking the ball well; I feel good on grass and I’ll be ready. I like to focus on every year separately, but I’m satisfied with how I’m feeling.”

Djokovic intends to “play as many points possible” on the practice courts, in the run up to the third Grand Slam event of the year.

Before his Centre Court success in 2011, Djokovic’s results at SW19 had been mixed. The 25-year-old reached the semi-final in 2007, but fell at the second round stage a year later. After making the quarterfinals in 2009, the Serbian ace reached the semis in 2010, before taking the title, last year. Djokovic will face former world number one, Juan Carlos Ferrero, in the first round; the Spaniard is a two-time quarter finalist at Wimbledon.

The two players have only met on two previous occasions, with the head-to-head record standing at 1-1. Ferrero won the first match on clay in 2005, with Djokovic winning their most recent clash in Madrid in 2007. Visit the Bet365 website for the latest picks for Wimbledon, as well as the best live in-play betting odds.