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'Novak Djokovic is a brick wall - he's not going to beat himself,' says Wimbledon opponent

"Novak Djokovic is a brick wall, so you kind of got to beat him. He's not going to beat himself..."
Novak Djokovic sliding on grass at Wimbledon

Thanasi Kokkinakis has described Novak Djokovic as 'a brick wall' as he prepares to face him at Wimbledon.

The Australian will become the latest player to attempt to snap a near nine-year winning streak for Djokovic on Centre Court on Wednesday.

Kokkinakis is already having his best ever Wimbledon after beating Kamil Majchrzak 7-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the opening round to earn his shot at Djokovic.

However, he heads into the clash with the 20-time Grand Slam winner singing his praises and knowing exactly how hard it will be to beat him.

“Novak is kind of a brick wall," Kokkinakis said. "[Roger] Federer plays with a little bit more flair. When I played Rafa [Nadal] I just felt like I kind of got - I just wasn't on the same level physically as him. Not many people are. Everyone brings something different.

“Novak... the thing that separates him is he moves so well, especially on the grass as well. That's, for me, the biggest challenge on grass.

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"It feels like he slides out there and he can cover sort of defensive balls on grass that not many people can.

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"I'm going to have to hit one, two, three, four, five [shots], which almost normally would be winners against other players to just kind of have a chance of winning the point.”

Grass has always been a bit of a struggle for Kokkinakis with his win over Majchrzak only his fourth career win on the surface.

"It's a surface that I haven't been too comfortable with in the past,” he admitted

"It's obviously going to be a really tough challenge. He's won the last how many years? Yeah, I'm probably not the favourite, let's put it that way.

“I'm going to swing free hopefully and play my game. He's a brick wall, so you kind of got to beat him. He's not going to beat himself. So that's going to be fun.”

Novak Djokovic is chasing a seventh title at Wimbledon this year with him winning each of the last three editions.

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