Djokovic: Murray should win Wimbledon
Mon, 25 Jun 2012 5:24a.m.
World number one and defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic believes British number one Andy Murray deserves to win the All England Club title.
The Serbian was talking ahead of his first round match against Juan Carlos Ferrero.
Djokovic along with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the favourites for the tournament having claimed every grand slam between them for the last seven years apart from the 2009 U.S. Open which was won by Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro.
But Djokovic believes Murray should win Wimbledon sooner or later.
"The British winner? Well, look Andy has the biggest chance," Djokovic told reporters. "I think he's been in several occasions here in the semi-finals and you know he deserves to win it.
"I don't know if it is going to be this year but he's one of the favourites for sure."
Djokovic seemed to be very relaxed and pleased to be back at the place where 12 months ago he realised his childhood dreams.
"I always dreamed of winning this event," he says. "Everything in my life and my career was going around Wimbledon and the first tennis match I ever saw in my life when I was four years old was Pete Sampras winning his first Wimbledon title.
"So I always imagining myself winning this trophy and 12 months ago I managed to realise my childhood dreams and as I said going back here now I'm very pleased, very excited to again start over 2012 Wimbledon campaign and hopefully I can play well, I can go a long way."
In fact it must feel like Christmas has come early for Djokovic as he will be back at Wimbledon less than very shortly after the Championships are finished to prepare for the Olympics.
He adds: "And of course we have Olympic year this year and we're going to be back here in three of four weeks after the Wimbledon is finished and we're going to represent our countries, we're going to play in our national colours which I think is definitely going to be interesting for all of us."
Djokovic has even been enjoying his media commitments.
"I do realise that this is my job in a way but I do enjoy every part of my job, of my life and of the position where I am right now," Djokovic revealed. "So I'm looking forward to the start of Wimbledon 2012 in only less than 24 hours I'll be on the court and still and as the defending champion so that's a feeling that I've never experienced before and I'm really looking forward to it."
And what about everyone's favourite topic of conversation at Wimbledon; the weather?
"The most asked question within the media and the players and everybody, the officials is the weather," he says. "So (the question) I would ask (a player is) 'what do you think about this magnificent weather here in Wimbledon?' And I would say the English summer is something that impresses me the most. I love the rain," he says with a smile.
Not even the rain can dampen Djokovic's spirits.
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