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'Novak Djokovic is a fighter, he gives nothing away,' says Wimbledon rival

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Novak Djokovic knows how to play the big moments and gives nothing away, says rival Kevin Anderson, who will face the world number one in the second round of Wimbledon.

The pair have played each other three times at Wimbledon before, including the 2018 final, with Djokovic winning all three. He also leads in their overall head to head 9-2.

Djokovic has already won both Grand Slams so far this year in Australia and France and is favourite to win the Wimbledon title for a sixth time.

If he does, he will also equal the record for the most men's Grand Slams in the Open Era currently held by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer with 20 each.

Meanwhile Anderson, a former world number five but currently ranked 102nd, is coming back from injury and says he knows what to look out for in the Serbian's game.

"Of course in the big moments and on the centre courts, [Djokovic] has been there so many times. He has a lot of confidence and comfort in those situations as well,” Anderson said.

“And of course he’s a fighter. I’ve played some matches with him where it’s been really close and he is always not giving anything [away].

"It’s not going to be easy, but I’m definitely looking forward to the challenge.”

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“He really hits his spots well,” Anderson said. “I don’t think too many people necessarily think of that, but I feel like he’s always been a tough server to return against.”

The pair will play on Wimbledon Centre Court on Wednesday and Anderson says he knows that he needs to believe he can do it otherwise it is all over before he walks on court.

“I think one of the biggest things is that self-belief. I think a lot of those [top] guys often win matches before they’ve even stepped out onto the court,” Anderson said.

“I feel like I’ve got a lot of experience, I’ve played these guys before. I know what it takes, so I’m certainly going to have belief in myself. That’s what you need.

“I also think at the end of the day, [it ’s about] just approaching it like another tennis match. Just really focusing on what you can do, what you can control.

"That’s ultimately going to be what I’m most focused on, regardless of who is on the other side of the net."

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