Updated: 22/06/2013 18:54 | By pa.press.net

Djokovic out for revenge in SW19



Novak Djokovic won Wimbledon in 2011

Novak Djokovic won Wimbledon in 2011

Novak Djokovic is looking to bounce back from his memorable defeat to Rafael Nadal at the French Open with a strong showing at Wimbledon.

The world number one lost to eventual winner Nadal at Roland Garros earlier in the month, with the Spaniard eventually securing a five-set victory with a 9-7 success in the fifth set of their epic semi-final.

Djokovic now goes into Wimbledon, which he says is his favourite tournament, looking to claim his second SW19 crown after coming out on top in 2011 and the reigning Australian Open champion wants to use his fortnight in south-west London to banish the memories of his defeat in Paris.

"The consolation is that I have Wimbledon coming up and there is no bigger motivation than playing in the most prestigious tournament in the world in our sport," he said. "It is the one I always dreamed of winning and it was the highlight of my career. I love playing in Wimbledon - the grass is the most special surface in our sport.

"Hopefully I can bounce back from that defeat to Nadal in Paris that was a thrilling match to be a part of. Life goes (on) and it and won't be the first or last time I lose."

Djokovic stepped up his grass-court preparations by facing Wimbledon 29th seed Grigor Dimitrov in The Boodles event at Stoke Park, winning a light-hearted affair 5-7 6-3 10-6.

He will stick to the same regime that saw him claim the Wimbledon title in 2011 and reach the semi-finals last year, with several differences to the clay courts of Paris.

"Preparations are more or less the same, we are respecting the same kind of programmes and routines with my team of people," he said. "Everything is going according to plan and hopefully I can get in the best possible shape before the start.

"It is a busy schedule but it has been like this for many years so I know what I need to do to adjust from the slower to the faster surface in a short period of time. It is difficult but it is the same for everybody.

"It is movement mostly. The ball bounce and everything is different. You can't slide and there is a difference in steps and adjustments and everything happens very fast on grass. Obviously it takes time. I think I'm going to be fine for Wimbledon."

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