Monday 5 December 2016

Hat-trick hunter Djokovic happy to share power

Tennis

Martin Herman

Published 27/06/2016 | 02:30

The 29-year-old will begin his attempt to win a fourth Wimbledon title today when he plays British wildcard James Ward on Centre Court. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire.
The 29-year-old will begin his attempt to win a fourth Wimbledon title today when he plays British wildcard James Ward on Centre Court. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

On court, Novak Djokovic is taking tennis to extraordinary new levels with his single-minded obsession with winning; off it the Serbian is more than happy to share power.

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The 29-year-old will begin his attempt to win a fourth Wimbledon title today when he plays British wildcard James Ward on Centre Court, 12 months after claiming a second successive title by beating Roger Federer.

While nothing will distract him from that goal, the dominant Serbian also knows that, however big the gap is between himself and his rivals - and it is a yawning chasm - no player is bigger than the sport.

At his pre-tournament conference yesterday, the world No 1 confirmed he had re-joined the 12-man ATP Players' Council, along with chief rival Andy Murray and Murray's brother Jamie, the world's top doubles player.

Since losing to Murray in the 2013 Wimbledon final, Djokovic has won six of the 11 grand slam titles on offer, taking his tally to 12 overall. And in beating Murray at Roland Garros earlier this month, he became the first man in 47 years to hold all four majors.

Djokovic, who beat Federer in the last two Wimbledon finals, could face a tough path to a hat-trick. Big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic is a potential quarter-final opponent, with Federer possibly to follow.

Wimbledon, live BBC, from 11.30

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