Published: Tue, July 02, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ivanisevic to help Djokovic at Wimbledon

Ivanisevic to help Djokovic at Wimbledon

When he enjoys the defending male singles champion's honor of being the first to play at Centre Court on Monday, facing unseeded Philipp Kohlschreiber, Djokovic will be ranked No. 1 and beginning his bid for a fifth title at the All England Club.

Outside of eight-time champion Roger Federer, twice victor Rafael Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic, Wawrinka is the only other multiple Grand Slam champion in the draw.

Djokovic won six grand slam titles when he was coached by three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, and he wants to harness the experience of another course and distance victor over the next fortnight.

The big-serving South African, who 12 months ago shocked Federer in the quarter-final and then came through a marathon five-setter against John Isner, won 6-3 6-4 6-2.

It's been 17 years since anybody not named Djokovic, Federer, Nadal or Andy Murray captured the Wimbledon title.

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"I think we definitely became better because of one another", he said.

Wilander counts Federer among his three favourites at the All England Club but expects Djokovic to be fired up after missing out on a second career Grand Slam following his defeat in the French Open semi-finals.

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The 21-year-old also does not feel comfortable on grass despite the surface appearing favourable to her powerful game. Osaka said the loss was a shock to her system. "I have never played on this court, in fact, I have never been on it".

This period of dominance started with Federer's victory in 2003, with the Swiss legend going on to win seven more titles, the latest in 2017. Roger Federer faces Lloyd Harris.

Wilander believes the next generation of players, including Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and Canada's Felix Auger Aliassime, can upset the "Big Three" on their day, but lack the consistency to last through two weeks of top-level tennis.

Last year's runner-up Kevin Anderson eased into round two after a straight-sets win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

In contrast to the men's, the women's game has been highly unpredictable in recent years with nine different winners at the past 10 majors.

"I think it's better for me now to be number two here".

Barty, 23, says having the top seeding has not changed her preparations for the Championships.

"The only pressure that I put on myself is making sure I do everything correctly".

One more triumph would see the 11th seed, who has struggled with a knee injury, equal Australian Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Slam singles titles. "I answered back really well and played a pretty good match, it was a good quality".

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