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Novak Djokovic seemingly shades his competition after latest Wimbledon win

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Novak Djokovic says his competition badly wants to beat him but that is just not happening. Djokovic, a record 23-time Grand Slam champion, hasn’t lost a match in each of his last four Grand Slam tournaments played. On Tuesday, Djokovic saw off Andrey Rublev 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-3 to reach the Wimbledon semifinal. 

“I love it. Any tennis player wants to be in the position where everyone wants to win against you. Pressure is a privilege, as Billie Jean (King) said. It’s never going to go away. It awakens the most beautiful emotions in me and it motivates me beyond what I’ve ever dreamed of and inspires me to play my best tennis. I know they want to get a scalp, they want to win, but it ain’t happening,” Djokovic said.

Djokovic plays next against Jannik Sinner

For a place in the Wimbledon final, Djokovic will have to beat world No 8 Sinner. Last year, Sinner was up by two sets against Djokovic in the Wimbledon quarterfinal but the Serb still escaped with a five-set win. Djokovic considers Sinner an even better player this year but warned the Italian he is very motivated to end on the winning side.

“He’s playing on a very high level. He likes to play on grass. He likes to play on quick surfaces because he likes to be aggressive and take control of the point. From both forehand and backhand, he’s smashing the ball really, really hard, trying to be the one that is going to dictate the point from early on. I know his game well. He’s so young, so of course it’s expected that he’s going to improve. He is improving, no doubt, I think with the serve. He’s been serving better. On grass, obviously makes a difference. He’s a very complete player. Now first time in semis of Wimbledon. I’m looking forward to that challenge. We both have two days to recover. I’m sure that he’s going to be very, very motivated to win. On the other hand, I am, too. Let’s see what happens,” Djokovic said.

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