'Novak Djokovic’s not going to beat himself', says ATP star

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'Novak Djokovic’s not going to beat himself', says ATP star

New World No.2 Ons Jabeur says she's trying to turn the pressure into a positive, having jokingly asked Novak Djokovic before Wimbledon to lend her a bit of his touch so she can win it all at the third Grand Calendar slam.

This Monday, Jabeur set a new career high for her and is just one spot out of first place. Also on Monday, Jabeur made a convincing start to her run at Wimbledon, beating Sweden's qualified Mirjam Bjorklund 6-1 6-3. "[On court], the last time I thought about the pressure, it didn't work very well for me.

I'm trying to handle it. The learning: obviously, I've never been in this situation before. I was joking with [Novak] Djokovic. I told him, 'Give me a little touch to win Wimbledon' I was stealing it from him," Jabeur said, according to the WTA website.

"Obviously I want to turn that big pressure into big things on the court. Like I said, I want to be like a great leader." At the French Open, Jabeur hoped to win her first Grand Slam title. What was expected to be a great campaign for Jabeur ended in disappointment as the Tunisian suffered a shock loss to Magda Linette.

Jabeur came to Wimbledon determined not to make the same mistake twice. "I don't like to make the mistake twice. I learned a lot from the first round of Roland Garros. Obviously, everything is different here."

Kokkinakis on facing Nole Djokovic

Kokkinakis will have his job cut out against Novak Djokovic, and the Australian is under no illusions about that.

“Novak, the thing that separates him is he moves so well, especially on the grass as well," said Kokkinakis. "That’s, for me, the biggest challenge on grass. It feels like he slides out there, and he can cover sort of defensive balls on grass that not many people can."

The 26-year-old added that Djokovic is akin to a 'brick wall' He said about the 'fun' challenge: "I’m going to have to hit one, two, three, four, five, which almost normally would be winners against other players to just kind of have a chance of winning the point.

It’s going to be good fun out there and I’m going to swing free hopefully and play my game. He’s a brick wall, so you … have got to beat him. He’s not going to beat himself. So that’s going to be fun”.

Novak Djokovic was not at his fluent best as he opened play on the 100th anniversary of Wimbledon's historic Centre Court on Monday.