Novak Djokovic: Why Djokovic Is the Player to Watch at 2011 Wimbledon

Yoosof Farah@@YoosofFarahSenior Writer IIIJune 24, 2011

Novak Djokovic: Why Djokovic Is the Player to Watch at 2011 Wimbledon

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    After his crushing win over Kevin Anderson, world No.2 Novak Djokovic again proved he is the man to beat at 2011 Wimbledon.

    The Serb has looked in cruise control throughout the tournament so far as he looks to win his first ever Wimbledon title.

    And so, here are five reasons why Djokovic is the player to watch at the 125th Wimbledon Championships.

Nole Talks a Good Game

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    So far throughout the tournament, Novak Djokovic has talked up his chances of winning Wimbledon.

    After his 6-4 6-1 6-1 first round win over Jeremy Chardy, Djokovic said: "I needed some time to relax (after that 41-game winning streak) and I'm happy to see that I'm playing well again and I'm mentally really fresh to have more success."

    And following his second round win over Kevin Anderson, Nole told the media: "I can’t ask for more than two straight-set wins, and I’m ­physically feeling great on the court."

    "Mentally, I do have a different approach to Wimbledon than I had in the past. It makes it easier to step on the court when you believe in yourself. You know that you’re one of the best players in the world and you know you can win against anybody."

    Now Novak Djokovic has talked up his chances, can he follow through and win Wimbledon? 

On-Court Swagger

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    Whether it's just this writer or not, it seems Novak Djokovic has more of a swagger about him on court at Wimbledon this year.

    Following his 41-game unbeaten run, Djokovic is playing like a champion again, clinically finishing off games and having that look in his eye which says, "I'm gonna win and I'm gonna make sure you know it."

    His movement is better, his baseline play is more aggressive and he's suddenly more confident in his ability to show off his full repertoire of shots.

    After his French Open semifinal defeat to Roger Federer, it hasn't taken long for Novak Djokovic to regain his swagger.

Annihilating Opponents Despite Not Performing at His Best

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    Djokovic breezed past Jeremy Chardy and Kevin Anderson, despite clearly not playing anywhere near his best.

    Like all athletes in any sport, Djokovic hasn't given his full effort in the opening rounds at Wimbledon. However, unlike most athletes, has still won convincingly.

    He lost concentration in the final set against Anderson, dropping some sloppy points, yet still won the set to take the match 6-3 6-4 6-2.

    As soon as he starts to seriously up his game, there might possibly be no stopping Novak Djokovic at SW19 this year. 

Showing off Full Armoury of Shots

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    Novak Djokovic is well-known for his incredible backhand down the line, a completely unstoppable shot which most opponents just can't handle.

    Not only has that made it's regular appearance at Wimbledon, but his disguised underspin drop shot is also becoming a Nole regular on the grass, as he fools opponents into waiting for the smash shot before dinking the ball just over the net.

    And when he really needs to up the ante, the big Serb has shown off the most impressive of his repertoire, the cross-court forehand winner, a shot Djokovic can play better than probably anyone on the ATP tour.

    As the competition heats up at Wimbledon, stay tuned as Novak Djokovic plays all the cards in his pack. 

Grass Court Playing to His Strengths

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    Known as an all-court player, Novak Djokovic's game seems really suited to the grass court at the moment.

    The speed of the grass court has played into Nole's strengths brilliantly, allowing him to his backhand winners down the line with aplomb, and making his return of serve—arguably the best on the ATP tour right now—more deadly than the serve which comes his way.

    And, due to the pounding Djokovic's knees have taken this year, the grass court has eased up the pressure on his patella, allowing the Serb to move more freely and concentrate more on those sensational backhand winners.


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