Fourth seed Novak Djokovic comes into the tournament full of confidence after a successful week in Eastbourne. It was against common consensus for the men, from whom it is a seen as a bad idea to play a tournament the week before a slam. Djokovic will begin his tournament on Sunday against Martin Klizan, a Slovakian with an oft-aggressive game style.
Djokovic’s no.4 ranking is the lowest for him since October 2009. A failure to go deep at the slams and title-less at the Masters events has contributed to Djokovic’s bad year. It was with this in mind that he decided to play the AEGON International in Eastbourne. He would not regret it at least, winning the trophy without dropping a set in the process. “It was just a great buildup, and hopefully I’ll be able to take the confidence from here, good level of performance, into London.” he said after his final against Monfils.
“I felt like this time I needed a proper tournament rather than just playing couple of exhibition matches,” Djokovic said. “I’m glad I’ve made that decision, and that I went to Eastbourne, because it was a very positive experience on and off the court as well.” Whether it works out for him will be clear in 2 weeks but at least he will not be rusty against a potential dangerous opponent. Klizan may not have picked up a shock win over Nadal in the way many lower ranked players had in the past 5 years but he did win a set against the Spaniard before losing in 2014. For the third slam running, he will have played a member of the top 5 – losing in 5 to Wawrinka in Australia and in 4 to Murray at the French with the draw being unkind to him once again here. He is 0-3 against Djokovic, most recently losing in straights at Acapulco this year.
Prediction – Novak Djokovic in straight sets