Djokovic: Opening of match key to Wimbledon final loss

by: Matt Cronin July 07, 2013

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Novak Djokovic said he may have damaged his chances in the 2013 Wimbledon final by playing too erratically in the beginning of the first set of his 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 loss to Andy Murray. The world No. 1 added that Murray also out-served him and that he wasn't advantageous enough at net. After winning three Grand Slam titles in 2011, Djokovic has only managed to win two of the last seven Slams, taking two losses to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, one loss to Roger Federer at Wimbledon and two defeats to Murray in the final of the 2012 U.S. Open and 2013 Wimbledon. He has won three consecutive Australian Opens.

“He had a huge motivation to win his first title. I also had a lot of motivation,” Djokovic said. “It was a long opening six, seven games. It went almost 40 minutes. I wasn't patient enough in the moments when I should have been, when I should have looked for the better opportunity to attack, and my serve wasn't as good as it was the whole tournament. But also that is because he's such a good returner. Even though when I was putting my first serves in he was always getting them back in the court and making me play an extra shot. That's why he won this tournament…I should have played better in the decisive moments. I haven't. Didn't play on the top of my abilities, and with this kind of game I didn't have a chance to win.”

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