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Djokovic 'Locks In' Mentally For Historic Wimbledon Campaign

  • Posted: Jun 26, 2021

Gearing up for his 64th Grand Slam campaign, Novak Djokovic has had some practice at peaking at the right moments. This time will be no different, the World No. 1 told media, although the stakes are now higher than ever as he targets his record-tying 20th major title at Wimbledon.

The top seed opened up in his pre-tournament press conference about the mental and physical toll of winning two Grand Slams this year – especially at Roland Garros, where he doubled his win count to become the first man in the Open Era to win every Grand Slam title twice.

“The level of confidence is pretty high [after] winning the two majors this year, playing very well in Roland Garros,” Djokovic said. “That tournament took a lot out of me, mentally and physically and emotionally. It also granted me with an incredible amount of positive energy and confidence that created a wave that I’m trying to ride.” 

To achieve the historic feat in Paris, Djokovic had to overcome huge tests including a comeback from two sets to love against Lorenzo Musetti in the fourth round. He passed possibly the biggest mental hurdle of all as he defeated Rafael Nadal, the 13-time winner and four-time defending champion, in the semi-finals. That’s before he pulled off another stunning comeback after being down two sets in the final to take down Stefanos Tsitsipas for his second Coupe des Mousquetaires. 

After making history, it was back to business as usual for Djokovic, who began his grass-court preparations in earnest at the ATP 250 Mallorca Championships in doubles. 

“I did not allow myself, I cannot allow myself to enjoy that victory too much because four days later after I won the title I was on the grass courts training,” Djokovic revealed. “I didn’t have too much time really to reflect on what has happened in Paris. That’s how it is. That’s the tennis season and tennis schedule. I turn the next page.”


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Djokovic, who has lifted the trophy at the All England Club five times, has made it no secret that his target is a sixth gentlemen’s singles title to make it three major titles in a row in 2021. Not only would this bring him one step closer to a Calendar-Year Grand Slam, a feat no man has accomplished since Rod Laver in 1969, a victory would bring Djokovic to a 20th Grand Slam trophy – tying the all-time record shared by Roger Federer and Nadal. 

Win or lose, Djokovic will leave the debates for “most” and “greatest” to the pundits and critics. The World No. 1 said he is determined to block out the noise and focus on the task at hand, one day and one match at a time. 


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“I understand that people love to debate who is the greatest, who is going to have the most titles, et cetera, et cetera,” he said. “There’s always a lot going on off the tennis court. 

“But once I’m on the court, I try to lock in and I try to exclude all the distractions. I feel like over the years, I managed to develop the mechanism that allows me to do that. Everyone has their own special ways to center themselves, how to focus themselves, really direct the energy into what matters the most, which is the present moment. 

“I have my own techniques, my own ways. It has been working so far, so I’ll try to keep on doing that. Here in Wimbledon particularly I need to just take it day by day and see how far it goes.” 

Top seed Djokovic will take on Great Britain’s Jack Draper in the first round on Monday 28 June, as he opens the action on Centre Court. 

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Kyrgios Announces Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Partner: Venus!

  • Posted: Jun 26, 2021

Nick Kyrgios announced in his pre-tournament press conference on Saturday that he will compete in mixed doubles at Wimbledon with former WTA World No. 1 Venus Williams.

“The mixed doubles pair of the tournament!” Kyrgios exclaimed after making the announcement.

The Australian on Tuesday took to social media to seek a partner for The Championships, tweeting “MIXED DUBS WIMBY????”

Kyrgios has found his match. Williams is a two-time mixed doubles winner at Grand Slams, triumphing at the Australian Open and Roland Garros in 1998.

Kyrgios has played mixed doubles before, most recently with Amanda Anisimova at last year’s Australian Open and Desirae Krawczyk at Wimbledon in 2019.

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Bolelli/Gonzalez Clinch Mallorca Crown

  • Posted: Jun 26, 2021

Fourth seeds Simone Bolelli and Maximo Gonzalez captured their third ATP Tour team title on Saturday with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald in the Mallorca Championships final.

Despite it being a semi-final match in Mallorca, the Italian-Argentine tandem have been crowned champions due to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Carlos Gomez-Herrera withdrawing after their semi-final victory on Thursday.

”The second set was really tight, as always, it massively depends on one or two points,” Bolelli said. “We wanted to win this tournament, we played three really good matches. It was the second tournament for us on grass together.

“This is the third title for us, so it is a very good year at the moment and have confidence for Wimbledon next week. I really enjoyed this week, the tournament was really well organised with good facilities.”


Bolelli and Gonzalez won 88 per cent (30/34) of their first-service points and broke serve four times to record victory in 68 minutes. They won the Chile Dove Men+Care Open title in Santiago and the Emilia-Romagna Open in Parma earlier this year, and are 20-7 on the season.

The fourth seeds raced ahead in the opening set, not facing a break point on serve to claim it in 25 minutes. Bolelli and Gonzalez then battled through the second set to move to 3-1 in tour-level finals this year.

Daniell and Oswald captured their only ATP Tour team title at the Forte Village Sardegna Open in Sardinia last October, and are now 15-13 on the season.

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