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'I want Novak Djokovic in the first round,' says ambitious Wimbledon wild card

Ambitious Wimbledon wild card showing some impressive confidence... "It would be great to draw Novak Djokovic in the first round!"
Tim van Rijthoven wants Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon

Tim van Rijthoven said he wants to draw Novak Djokovic in the first round of Wimbledon after he was granted a wild card.

The Dutchman stunned Daniil Medvedev in 's Hertogenbosch last week as he won his maiden ATP title.

It was a remarkable result and performance from van Rijthoven, who also beat Felix Auger-Aliassime in the semi-finals.

He has been rewarded with a wild card for the men's singles at Wimbledon, and he says that he wants what every other man there will be desperate to avoid.

"I have received the wildcard," van Rijthoven told AD.nl.

"I'm going to play in the main tournament of a Grand Slam for the first time in my career. It's really fantastic. Unbelievable, actually. Indescribable.

"As a small child I dreamed of standing there and now I am.

"That's why it would be great to draw against Novak Djokovic in the first round.

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"Especially now that there are no points to be earned, that seems very cool to me."

Stan Wawrinka has also been granted a wild card for Wimbledon as he continues to work his way back from injury.

Novak Djokovic kissing Wimbledon trophy 2021

Djokovic has dropped to number three in the world rankings this week, but he he will still defend his title at Wimbledon as the top seed.

The top two players in the world, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev, are both absent from the tournament.

Medvedev is unable to compete due to the ban in Russian players, while Zverev has recently undergone ankle surgery.

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