• Djokovic set for 2011 grass-court debut

    6/18/11 11:36 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Djokovic set for 2011 grass-court debut Novak Djokovic will have another opportunity to claim the World No. 1 ranking, as he returns to Wimbledon for the third Grand Slam of the season. The World No. 2 enters into the draw seeded second at the All-England Club.

    World No. 2 Novak Djokovic makes his return to action this week, following a semifinal defeat to Roger Federer at the French Open. The Serbian had built an improbable 41-0 season record before falling to the Swiss in four sets.

    Djokovic heads into Wimbledon as the second seed, placed directly behind French Open champion Rafael Nadal. The 24-year-old will commence his run with seven titles already in hand, including a Grand Slam success over Andy Murray at the Australian Open. He is twice a semifinalist at the All-England Club, having made the final four in 2007 (lost to Nadal) and 2010 (lost to Berdych).

    The World No. 2 headlines a competitive quarter of the draw that includes: (5) Robin Soderling, (11) Jurgen Melzer, (13) Viktor Troicki, (19) Michael Llodra, (20) Florian Mayer, (29) Nikolay Davydenko and (32) Marcos Baghdatis.

    Additional combatants in the section are: Philipp Petzschner, Kei Nishikori, Lleyton Hewitt, Xavier Malisse, Ernests Gulbis, Yen-Hsun Lu and James Blake.

    Djokovic is slated to open his bid against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy. The nearest seed to the World No. 2 is UNICEF Open semifinalist Baghdatis, who looms as a possible third round opponent. Passage through the early rounds could set a quarterfinal meeting with two-time Grand Slam finalist Soderling.

    Successful progress through to the final four will likely feature a clash with six-time champion Roger Federer.

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was anyone else as suprised as I was to see Djokovic seeded #2?

mriiidula , 6/19/11 6:51 PM

Why is that? They have very clear seeding rules and after FO you could have picked easiley the top 4 seeds.

Sienna , 6/19/11 9:56 PM

Here we go.... another streak will start!
Nice... no pressure... like someone has give order... command or something like it... and everyone has forgotten best player in this season... lol...
So as he said... he will try to break this loosing streak of ONE... WIMBY is waiting for you!!!

zare , 6/19/11 11:48 PM

LOL try to breack losing streak of 1!

He tries to get rid of the Djoker, but then they pull him right back!

Sienna , 6/20/11 12:35 AM

Fed is definitely not pulling any punches when it comes to Novak. I recently read the following comments.
"I didn't necessarily need to prove my point in Paris for my mind or my confidence. I KNOW I can beat Novak on any surface. I've done it in the past. Just because he's on a winning streak doesn't mean he's unbeatable".

Regarding Novak's achievements Roger had this to say. "I think Djokovich has always been great, but nothing extraordinary yet. With the run he's been on there are possibilities for him here".

I've never thought that Roger has the same warm and fuzzy feeling for Novak that he has for Rafa, but here it sounds like he wants to grind Novak to dust. For sure possibilities isn't going to get Nole past Roger, if he makes the semis.

Maya , 6/20/11 3:18 AM


Roger meant he hasn't done anything extraordinary at Wimbledon yet. He's spoken highly of Nole's streak earlier this year.

numero , 6/20/11 3:50 AM

...and for these cruel comments against Nole, the latter will get revenge and will humiliate him in 3 sets in the semis...only fools use their big mouths while Nole will let his racket do the talking!

phoenix , 6/20/11 5:51 AM

We always have ppl here who know what Fed really mean to say.... lol!
People who understand why he is crying, why he is dropping of "S" and "F" bombs on court... throwing bottles all around and so on...
And... there was time when young Nole would listen... now he could not care less...

zare , 6/20/11 1:38 PM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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