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Djokovic says Wimbledon success all in mind

sports Updated: Jun 24, 2011 08:09 IST

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Novak Djokovic said his red-hot form had given him a new mindset in challenging for the Wimbledon crown after the world number two booked his third round place on Thursday.

Djokovic, whose best acheivements at the All England Club are two semi-finals in his seven appearances, said he was feeling great after securing a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 second round win over world number 36 Kevin Anderson of South Africa.

Having lost only once all year, Djokovic feels this season could be his time to break Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer's stranglehold on the Wimbledon trophy.

"Mentally I do have a different approach to Wimbledon than I had in years before. It's obvious because of the winning streak that I had, the confidence that is very high," he said.

"It makes it easier to step on the court because you believe in yourself. You know that you're one of the best players in the world and you know that you can win against anybody. So this is my mindset."

If Djokovic reaches the Wimbledon final or if Nadal does not retain the title, the Serb is guaranteed to become the world number one.

"I'm really happy with the opening two rounds. Two straight set wins. I cannot ask for more. And I'm physically feeling great on the court," the 24-year-old said.

"I'm returning really well, which is important. Using more an efficiency of the serve and precision rather than going for the speed."

Djokovic said he was comfortable with the pressure that goes with his extraordinary form, which saw him go on a 43-match winning streak, the third best run in Open Era men's tennis.

"You can always look at it from the positive side and try to enjoy it, embrace it, or you can look from negative side and absorb this pressure and negative energy," the Belgrade right-hander said.

"I always try to go with the brighter side, try to put aside the expectations and pressure because it's always there if you're a top player.

"It's part of your life, part of your career. But you need to forget about that and do what you need to do and win on the court."

Djokovic faces either Cypriot number 32 seed Marcos Baghdatis or Italy's Andreas Seppi in the third round.

In the second round clash on Court 1, Anderson showed plenty of fight but Djokovic was too good for the South African number one.

"He definitely has what it takes to win Wimbledon," Anderson said.

"He made it really difficult for me. He was putting me on the back foot and that was always going to be tough."

"It needs quite a bit of work if I want to win a match like that."

Anderson took a while to get his game going, with Djokovic racing into a 5-0 lead. The South African broke back and held off two set points before Djokovic finally sealed the set.

The second set went with serve to 3-3 before Djokovic broke again en route to winning it and in the third set, Djokovic won a key game to make it 4-2 and did not look back from there.