Djokovic feel­ing bet­ter than ever

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By AN­NETTE COURT

NO­VAK DJOKOVIC has warned Andy Mur­ray he’s a bet­ter player than the one who won Wim­ble­don two years ago.

The world’s two topranked play­ers look on col­li­sion course for a show­down in Sun­day’s fi­nal at SW19 fol­low­ing the shock ex­its of Roger Fed­erer and Rafael Nadal.

Top seed Djokovic, who beat Nadal to win the All Eng­land Club ti­tle two years ago, is the favourite, with Mur­ray in close pur­suit.

But the Serb, who faces To­mas Berdych in the last eight to­day af­ter oust­ing Tommy Haas, in­sists he has im­proved since be­ing crowned champ in 2011.

“I en­joy the big stage, it is my life and I love it.

“The pre­vi­ous two matches here I an­a­lysed my per­for­mances com­pared to two years when I won the ti­tle.

“I’m a dif­fer­ent player to two years ago, I’m stronger on the court,

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“I’m ac­tu­ally play­ing bet­ter ten­nis on grass than when I won.”

Djokovic is yet to drop a set at Wim­ble­don this year – but he will not be tak­ing Berdych lightly af­ter fall­ing to the Czech three years ago.

“I feel good about my­self in this mo­ment,” Djokovic added. “I’m No.1 in the world. I have no rea­son to be con­cerned about my game.”

“But it’s the quar­ter­fi­nals of a Grand Slam so I’m not ex­pect­ing an easy match.” BRI­TISH duo Kyle Ed­mund and Jonny O’Mara moved into r ound thr ee of the boys’ sin­gles at Wim­ble­don.

Ed­mund, the fifth seed, de­feated Yoshi­hito Nish­ioka 6-3 6-1, while O’Mara stunned 11th seed Pe­dro Cachin with a 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 win.

Luke Bam­bridge, Billy Har­ris and Isle of Man teenager Billy Har­ris were un­able to join them af­ter fall­ing to sec­ond-round de­feats.

Har­ris, an 18-year-old wild­card en­try, fell to ninth seed Filippo Baldi of Italy 6-1 7-6 (7-4).

There was mor e dis­ap­point­ment in the girls’ sin­gles as Katie Boul­ter , Har­riet Dar t and Lana Rush all lost at the All Eng­land Club.

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