Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
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Novak Djokovic dismisses Wimbledon favourite tag, backs Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal

Novak Djokovic dismisses Wimbledon favourite tag, backs Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal

"He's always tough to play against on grass courts, especially in Wimbledon". Nadal, 32, has been training for the past week on Mallorca, his home island. "I had to spend time adapting physically and in my tennis to the surface", he said.

Both the Serb and Federer, who took a break for the clay season, are set to feature at Wimbledon early next month too.

Although a fourth-round loss is never an acceptable result for a player of Nadal's stature, his performance at last year's Wimbledon was arguably his best effort since a runner-up finish in 2011. "He's definitely one of the candidates to win the title". However, Federer is the current favorite to retain his Wimbledon crown, and while Djokovic is the only player to defeat the Swiss legend there twice, he believes he is far from being one of the favorites in the competition at this point.

Despite his strong start at the Fever-Tree Championships, Djokovic, whose last major title came at the 2016 Roland Garros, said he's "definitely not one of the favorites in Wimbledon, so I'll just try to keep it humble".

"Andy and myself, you know, if we play well [can contend]", Djokovic said.

Edmund had no answer to 11 aces in the first set, 13 in the second and eight in the third. Obviously I served really, really well.

"It was an important match for me".

"I got pretty tight". I haven't played a lot of matches in the last couple of months. I mean, guys like that, Querrey, Cilic.

"Being able to get the first set under he belt was a huge confidence booster for me".

After suggesting he has a "big" chance to make an impact, Kyrgios said of Edmund: "He played really well today".

In other first round action on Tuesday, former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic was leading 6-1, 3-1 when Indian qualifier Yuki Bhambri retired due to a knee injury.But Canada's Raonic, who reached the Stuttgart final last weekend, then announced he would be pulling out of the tournament himself after suffering a shoulder injury that could put his Wimbledon participation in doubt.

Kyrgios will play reigning Queen's champion Feliciano Lopez for a place in the semi-finals.

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