Novak Djokovic says he is focused on not having a repeat of 2016 where he failed to pass the third round of Wimbledon despite having won both Grand Slams before it.
Five years ago the Serbian went into the All England Championship having won both the Australian and the French Open and was hoping to make it three in a row at Wimbledon.
However, American Sam Querrey pulled off a surprise win, knocking Djokovic out of the tournament and therefore ruining his chances of winning the Calendar Grand Slam.
This year Djokovic is in the same situation, having won the Australian Open for the ninth time and Roland Garros for the second time and he has admitted that he is targeting not only the Calendar Slam but possibly even the Golden Slam, which is all four majors plus an Olympic gold too.
His first step is to beat qualifier Denis Kudla in the third round on Friday and the world number one says he is hoping that he can learn from his 2016 experience.
“It might be the case [that I am so focused due to my 2016 loss]. I am going to try to learn from that experience I had in 2016 – winning the first two Slams of the year,” Djokovic said.
“Coming in here at Wimbledon and actually feeling great, playing great, but then I lost the third round against, of course, a great opponent – Sam Querrey – who was the better player that day.
“I just felt a little bit different, maybe a little bit deflated. I don’t want to say demotivated because playing Wimbledon is always a dream for any player, including myself.
“But I just felt slightly different than before, and it was the first time I experienced that sort of situation and circumstances. So, this time I’m probably, I would like to think a bit wiser and more experienced as a player and person.
“So yeah it helps, but now in the third round, again, it only has been two matches into the tournament and there’s still a long way to go. Hopefully I can go very deep in the tournament – that’s the goal,” Djokovic concluded.
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