Wimbledon | Djokovic or Anderson?
NOVAK Djokovic has played down suggestions that he should cruise to his fourth Wimbledon title on Sunday.
The rejuvenated former world No.1 takes on Kevin Anderson on Centre Court.
And former British No.1 Tim Henman reckons the Serb is a “clear favourite”.
Considering he's playing only his second Grand Slam final, obviously he has a lot more to gain. If I take my last couple years, I don't have much to lose myself. Novak Djokovic
But Djokovic said: “I don’t know if I’ll be the clear favourite in that one. I think we’re quite even. He’s playing I think his second Grand Slam finals. He played the US Open finals last year.
“He’s definitely playing the tennis of his life. He’s coming off from two epic marathon five-set wins. I don’t think he has much to lose.
“Considering he’s playing only his second Grand Slam final, obviously he has a lot more to gain. If I take my last couple years, I don’t have much to lose myself.
“I’m, again, in a Grand Slam finals after a long time, after actually almost two years. Of course, we want this trophy. We want this match, both of us. Who is going to take it? I don’t know. It really depends.
“He’s going to come out with big serves and big tennis. Hopefully I’ll be able to weather the storm.”
Djokovic, 31, had to complete a 5hr.17min marathon victory against world No.1 Rafa Nadal on Saturday.
Anderson, although taking a record six-and-a-half hours to see off John Isner, completed his win the day before.
Serb Djokovic said: “Kevin also had quite a few hours on the court in the last couple matches. But he had a day off, which is quite, so to say, necessary at this stage. I wish I can have a day.
“But it is what it is. I’ll just have to accept the circumstances and try to recover as best as I can.”
“I’ll respect the routines that I had over so many years.”
South African Anderson, 32, hopes to recover from his legs from being “jelly like”.
He said: “Obviously I’d like to have been done a little bit earlier in terms of my recovery, playing against two of the greatest players of all times (Djokovic follows a quarter-final victory over Roger Federer). It’s not going to be easy.
“I came in here with a goal of firstly beating my best result, but at the same time putting myself in this position. At the US Open I was in the finals. Maybe I felt sort of my crowning achievement was actually getting to the finals.
“Definitely hungry to go one step further. I’m going to obviously have to pay a lot of attention to my recovery to try and give myself the best shot possible.”