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Novak Djokovic: 'Competing with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal made me grow up'

Novak Djokovic: 'Competing with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal made me grow up'

Ahead of 2019 Wimbledon, the world number one reign Novak Djokovic confirms the positive side of the race with the remaining monuments of contemporary tennis.

"Right from the beginning of my career, I had to witness the success of the Roger Federer duo - Rafael Nadal and that was not only the victory in Grand Slam tournaments"  Novak Djokovic said. "But now, I feel so lucky because it makes me play better. I am happy to be part of the current era. I have talked about this many times already. It was they who enriched my play, and made me understand that it was necessary to overcome the difficult challenges to win the Grand Slam tournament".

"I think the rivalry between the three of us, of course, is Andy Murray, too, which has made the highlights in the male world of tennis over the past 10 to 15 years. This sport has received many major benefits from that competition, as well as from our victories".

The trio of contemporary men's tennis won a total of 53 Grand Slam titles, in turn including Novak Djokovic (15), Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (18). Ranked No. 1 seed in Wimbledon 2019, Serbian player will have the opportunity to confront those two rivals on the journey to conquer the fifth championship here. If successful, Novak Djokovic will also return to the top of the race to London for ATP Finals later this year.

Novak Djokovic owns 28 wins and lost 6 matches this season, including two championships in Australia Open and Madrid Open. Therefore, it is understandable why he was so confident. Last year, when coming to Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic even ranked the 21st in the world.

Novak Djokovic: Competing with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal made me grow up

There's a big difference. That is, I attended Wimbledon this year as the defending champion and the number one player in the world"  he said. "After the operation last year, the Wimbledon championship gave me great motivation and psychological liberation. Winning the Grand Slam title will definitely change everything after that for any player and I'm no exception. Even though I have had 15 Grand Slam, I still respect and understand their importance in my career, confidence and future".

After crowned at All England Club, Novak Djokovic continued to win three more ATP championships, including the first Masters in Cincinnati to become the first to acquire the full nine Masters 1000 titles of tennis.

The Serbian player did not attend any pitch before Wimbledon this year, which was different from the previous season when he made it to the Fever-Tree Championships final at Queen's Club. That's because Novak Djokovic is accustomed to adapting the lawn after the clay season.

"There is no pitch in Serbia for me to practice. In the first few years of my career, after the confusion and anxiety, I realized that changing tactics and adjusting tactics as well as appropriate blows when playing on grass", he said.

Novak Djokovic: Competing with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal made me grow up

The first time Wimbledon debuted in 2005, Novak Djokovic went to the third round and it was his first Grand Slam. "I am the type of player who likes to play at the end of the baseline, but the grass is very special when the ball is fast. It makes you have to approach the ball more, try to hit the short balls as well as cut the ball quickly when delivering. It all happens very quickly and the player will have to be more active, and also more laborious than the other pitches".

In four campaigns to win the Wimbledon championship, Novak Djokovic lost only one set after the first two rounds: ahead of Radek Stepanek in the second round of 2014. So he understands how important start-ups are. And the first problem Djokovic has to win in 2019 Wimbledon will be Philipp Kohlschreiber - the German player who beat him in the Indian Wells third round in March.

"Philipp Kohlschreiber, my first opponent is a good player not only on the pitch but also in other fields" Novak Djokovic said. "He won me at the last meeting this year. So, I need to be careful and have appropriate tactics. Just focus on the immediate challenge. I always have a big goal. Why do I come here and try to go to the last match, compete to win the championship cup".

Wimbledon 2019 schedule:

Monday July 1st Men's and Ladies' Singles 1st Round 

Tue July 2nd Men's and Ladies' Singles 1st Round

Wed July 3rd Men's and Ladies' Singles 2nd Round 

Thu July 4th Men's and Ladies' Singles 2nd Round 
Fri July 5th Men's and Ladies' Singles 3rd Round 
Sat July 6th Men's and Ladies' Singles 3rd Round 
Sun July 7th No play
Mon July 8th Men's and Ladies' Singles 4th Round 
Tues July 9th Ladies' Singles Quarter-Finals Center
Wed July 10th Men's Singles Quarter-Finals Center
Thur July 11th Ladies' Singles Semi-Finals
Fri July 12th Men's Singles Semi-Finals 
Sat July 13th Ladies': Singles Final + Men's Doubles Final + Ladies' Doubles Final 
Sun 14th July: Men's Singles Final + Mixed Doubles Final 

The draw schedule?

Qualifying at Roehampton takes place from June 24th to June 27th.

The official main draw will be taken on Friday, June 28th at 6 pm (GMT+8).

List of Wimbledon top seeding players:

Men's singles winner

Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer

Rafael Nadal

Alexander Zverev

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Marin Cilic

Milos Raonic

Nick Kyrgios

Dominic Thiem

Kevin Anderson

Women's singles winner

Serena Williams

Ashleigh Barty

Naomi Osaka

Petra Kvitova

Angelique Kerber

Simona Halep

Karolina Pliskova

Johanna Konta

Garbine Muguruza

Madison Keys