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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, June 27, 2016
LONDON---Andy Murray was
part of the first wave of top ten-
nis players who hired former
stars of the game as coaches,
striking up a successful partner-
ship with Ivan Lendl that result-
ed in two Grand Slam titles,
including at Wimbledon in 2013.
After splitting, Murray and
Lendl are back together---and back
at the All England Club, where
play starts today.
"I don t feel any added pressure
working with him again. I think,
you know, it gives actually a bit
of extra confidence, because I
know last time we worked togeth-
er, it was very successful. I trust
in what he says," said the sec-
ond-seeded Murray, coming off
a record fifth trophy at the
Queen s Club grass-court tuneup
"This last week s been very
good. Enjoyed having him back
as part of the team," Murray
added. "Hopefully I can have a
good run here."
Now they re part of another set
of big-name duos.
Milos Raonic, the Canadian
who is seeded number six and
faces Pablo Carreno Busta of
Spain on Monday, brought seven-
time major champion John McEn-
Number four Stan Wawrinka
recently employed 1996 Wimble-
don champion Richard Krajiceck.
"He brings his experience, a
few things in the technique side,"
said Wawrinka, a two-time major
champion who still is coached by
Magnus Norman, too. "For me,
it s really interesting to have
someone like Richard."
And, of course, number one
Novak Djokovic---who as the
defending men s champion will
open play on Centre Court
today---has enjoyed great success
since adding Boris Becker to his
team, including the past four
"The top players try to find new
ways of inspiring themselves and
sharing the experience and learn-
ing from the all-time greats,"
Djokovic said last month at the
"We go year by year," Djokovic
said, "and I m glad that Boris
wants to keep going. So at the
end of this year, we will see if he
goes for another year."
Here are other things to know
Del Potro: Juan Martin del
Potro is back in the draw at the
All England Club for the first time
since 2013. The 2009 US Open
champion has been troubled by
wrist problems over the years,
requiring three operations. "It s
great he s back on the tour, that s
for sure. He s (an) amazing player,"
said Wawrinka, who could face
del Potro in the second round.
"He s going to be, for sure, dan-
Seeing Double: For a guy who
supposedly retired, Lleyton Hewitt
sure is seeing a lot of court time.
The former number one and win-
ner of two Grand Slam singles
titles, including at Wimbledon in
2002, received a wild-card entry
for doubles at the All England
Club, playing with Jordan
Thompson. Hewitt had
announced that the Australian
Open in January would be the
final tournament of his career,
but he picked himself to play
Davis Cup doubles for Australian
in March and now will be in
Biggest Favourite: So, Petra
Kvitova, as the winner of two of
the past five Wimbledon titles,
who do you consider the likeliest
champion this year? "It s Serena.
Well, definitely it is," Kvitova said.
"I mean, of course, she s the
biggest favourite." Williams is
seeking her 22nd Grand Slam title,
which would equal Steffi Graf s
The Kids: Keep an eye on
some of the up-and-coming men
who could be ready to have a reg-
ular impact at major tournaments.
There s eighth-seeded Dominic
Thiem, a 22-year-old who was a
semifinalist at the French Open,
for example, and 19-year-old
Alexander Zverev, who this month
became the first teen to beat Roger
Federer since Murray did it a
Novak Djokovic towers above even
Andy Murray and Roger Federer as Wim-
bledon begins but the man chasing a
fifth successive grand slam title insists
his best days could be still to come.
The world number one won a stag-
gering 11 titles last year and already has
six in 2016, including the Australian Open
and a first French Open which sealed a
sweep of the four majors he began by tri-
umphing at Wimbledon 12 months ago.
His capture of the Coupe des Mous-
quetaires at Roland Garros positions
Djokovic as emphatically the dominant
player on the planet, streets ahead in the
world rankings, and means he is a red-
hot favourite heading into the fortnight
"I can certainly say that I ve been work-
ing hard to get that consistency for myself
throughout the years on the tour, on all
different kinds of surfaces, trying to better
my game as my career went on," he said
at Wimbledon yesterday.
"Obviously I m at the peak of my career
at the moment. It hopefully can still keep
"I see still lots of room for improvement,
things that I can work on. That s some-
thing that encourages me. That s some-
thing that keeps me grounded in a way,
gives me more reason to practise."
He describes his Paris triumph three
weeks ago as "one of the most memorable
and beautiful moments of my career"
the Djokovic memory bank has room for
more major success.
Britain s James Ward, also 29, presents
Djokovic with his first-round Wimbledon
test, when the pair open up play on Cen-
tre Court at 1pm today.
World number 177 Ward will know the
size of the task: while Ward s career earn-
ings have just crept past the million-
dollar mark, Djokovic has recently gone
beyond 100 million US dollars.
And Djokovic is determined to impose
himself against the home player from the
"Every time you face an opponent for
the first time, it s always important to
start off well and not allow your opponent
to take his chances and opportunities,"
"It s going to be the first match on the
untouched grass. That s probably one of
the most special tennis matches that you
get to experience as a professional tennis
"I m looking forward to that. Obviously
I know that he doesn t have much to
lose. The Centre Court is one of the cra-
dles of our sport, will be hopefully packed,
and we can enjoy a great match."
Despite his sustained success, and his
dozen grand slam titles, Djokovic is no
stranger to pre-match nerves.
He spoke of the walk from the men s
locker room to Centre Court, along a
long corridor, serving as a reminder of
"that sense of belonging to history, some-
thing that is much larger than yourself"
But like Federer before him, like Murray,
like the greats of the game, Djokovic
thrives on the sense of occasion.
"Pressure is part of what we do," said
Djokovic. "It s inevitable to face this kind
of sensation as a top player, being expect-
four at least in the tournament, or the
"But the more you get to face this kind
of pressures and emotions, the more you
get used to them. The better you are in
coping with it and handling it.
"I ll try to use the experience that I ve
had in the previous years, previous tour-
naments, to get myself in a positive state
of mind, and to have a positive approach
to this tournament."
Andy Murray of Britain speaks with coach Ivan Lendl ahead of the
Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Djokovic confident of better still
Novak Djokovic is bidding for a fifth
straight Grand Slam
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