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Federer is feeling the heat, says Djokovic

“Federer is still the number one in the world, but suddenly he feels a little bit shaken up because of a couple of loses,” Djokovic said ahead of Wimbledon.
By HT Correspondent | Agencies, London
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2008 11:14 PM IST

Novak Djokovic believes Roger Federer is feeling the heat heading into Wimbledon. Rafael Nadal humiliated Federer in the French Open final and the world number one will face his toughest fight yet to retain his Wimbledon crown for the sixth successive year.

Nadal and Djokovic, the Australian Open champion, are strong contenders for the All-England Club title and the Serb is convinced Federer will be concerned by his slight dip in form.

“Federer is still the number one in the world, but suddenly he feels a little bit shaken up because of a couple of loses,” Djokovic said.

“It’s normal to have ups and downs after four years of absolute dominance. New names are coming, talented players who believe they can beat him and I am one of them. Suddenly he is a little bit worried.”

Djokovic, a finalist at Queen’s last week, is determined to make up for the disappointment of last year’s Wimbledon, when he was forced to withdraw during the semi-final against Nadal because of injury.

Mauresmo doubtful for Wimbeldon

PARIS: France’s Amelie Mauresmo is a big doubt for next week’s Wimbledon after tearing a thigh muscle at the WTA Eastbourne Championships.

The former world number one was 14 minutes into her second round game with Australian Samantha Stosur when the injury occurred on Wednesday, forcing her to leave the court and retire from the match.

Federer third favourite at Big W

London: Former Wimbledon great Bjorn Borg believes world number one Roger Federer is only third favourite to win the grasscourt Grand Slam this year.

“I pick Rafael Nadal as winner and my second choice is Novak Djokovic, my third is Roger,” Borg was quoted in British media.

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