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‘Winning Wimbledon was a huge turning point in my career,’ admits Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has warned rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer that Grand Slam titles are his only priority at this stage of his career after admitting that last year’s Wimbledon title was a ‘huge turning point’ for him

Djokovic has been in sparkling form over the last twelve months, winning three out of the four Grand Slams and failing at the semi-final stage at the other.

That great run of form started with Wimbledon last year, where he beat Kevin Anderson in the final, and he fully intends to defend his crown next month.

“Winning Grand Slams is the biggest priority at this stage of my career,” Djokovic added.

“I’m in a very privileged position to be number one in the world and it is a role that comes with a lot of pressure. I’m trying to deal with it in the best way I can.

“I’ve been in this position many times in my career now and I experience of dealing with it, but it is still not so easy.

“Winning Wimbledon last year was a huge turning point in my career. I was coming off the back of elbow surgery and had dropped out of the top 20 in the rankings.

“That tournament a year ago saw a huge shift in terms of the quality of tennis and the standards I was setting.

“Now I look forward to returning to the sacred Centre Court at Wimbledon.”

Novak Djokovic certainly cuts a confident figure ahead of his Wimbledon defence, but he is fully aware who he will have to beat if he is to be successful.

“Federer and Nadal are always among the top candidates of course and the three of us should be the favourites to win the title,” he added.

“It will be a tough tournament and I will have to take it one step at a time, match by match.”

Going into Wimbledon, Federer tops the list with 20 Grand Slam titles to his name. Rafael Nadal is two behind him on 18, while Djokovic has 15.

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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.