Novak Djokovic said he is flattered that Andy Murray and his coach Ivan Lendl are plotting ways to beat him at Wimbledon.
DATE: Jun 27 – Jul 10
LOCATION: Wimbledon, London, England
Djokovic, the current All England Champion, is the overwhelming favourite to win this year’s tournament as he holds all four grand slam titles and is the top seed.
Murray, who is seeded second, has not won a grand slam in almost three years and has lost 13 of his last 15 meetings with Djokovic.
The Serb, who has already arrived in Britain, ahead of next week’s event at the All England Club, responded after hearing that beating the world number one was a part of Murray’s Wimbledon preparation.
“It’s flattering to hear that,” Djokovic said. “I know there’s been a lot of talk about a potential match-up between Andy and me, and with Ivan coming to his team, but it’s still very early. We have to be respectful to all the players at Wimbledon, more than 120 players.”
Murray has recently reunited with Lendl. The 29-year-old star was previously coached by the Lendl between 2012 and 2014, the most successful period of his career to date.
While Boris Becker, Djokovic’s coach, admitted he was “surprised” by Murray’s decision to go back to Lendl, the top seed disagreed.
“I don’t think it’s a surprising decision from Andy,” Djokovic said. “When Ivan was his coach Andy won a couple of grand slams, an Olympic gold medal and made the best results in his career.
“I think it was a logical move for him to take. They’re a good team so it’s going to be an interesting tournament.”
As well as the calendar grand slam – winning all four major tournaments in a single year – Djokovic could still win the golden slam if he adds an Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016 to that collection.
Golfer Rory McIlroy has announced he will not be travelling to Rio because of concerns regarding the Zika virus but Djokovic has no intention to withdraw.
“I am still planning to go and it’s going to stay that way,” the Serb said.