Novak Djokovic: 'Last year's Wimbledon title was a huge relief'

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Novak Djokovic: 'Last year's Wimbledon title was a huge relief'

Novak Djokovic's approach to Wimbledon this year is very different than last year. The Serbian player himself explained it in a press conference on Saturday. “There is quite a difference. Last year I was in the top 20, but I had dropped out of the top 20 after the French Open.

Coming off from the surgery, being unable to have a consistency with the results, the win at Wimbledon was a huge springboard for me. That was a huge relief. After that it was all upwards, winning Cincinnati for the first time, then the US Open.

One Grand Slam can definitely change anyone's career in a few weeks. Even after winning 15 Slams, I still value these tournaments very much and the importance of winning them on my entire career, my confidence, my future", said Djokovic.

The defending champion looks forward to starting his campaign against Philipp Kohlschreiber on Monday on the Centre Court: “Grass is the most historical surface and the one that is most traditional. This tournament is a sacred tournament for our sport.

That's why you do feel special here. The more efficient you can be in the first week, the better. It’s tricky. You need the right intensity in order to win straight-set matches against, for example, Kohlschreiber – a very good quality player on grass, or any surface for that matter.

He won against me earlier this year in Indian Wells. You need to be at the moment. I’m trying to get to that final match and fight for the trophy. In the back of my mind, of course, I always have a big goal."