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Novak Djokovic Ready to Win Another Major at Wimbledon 2013

Jul 1, 2013; London, United Kingdom; Novak Djokovic (SRB) celebrates recording match point  during his match against Tommy Haas (GER) (not pictured) on day seven of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 4, 2013

Andy Murray's vast contingent of fans at Wimbledon 2013 won't like this, but world No. 1 Novak Djokovic is ready to win another major.

After falling in the semifinals of the French Open against Rafael Nadal, Djokovic has won all five of his matches at the All England Club in straight sets. That includes a victory over No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals, who beat him in the Wimbledon 2010 semifinals.

Djokovic had an opportunity to win another major at the French Open. But he had to go through the King of Clay and he had just lost his first coach, Jelena Gencic, which obviously had an impact on the 26-year-old Serb.

Now, Djokovic must go through Juan Martin del Potro and the winner between Murray and Jerzy Janowicz to claim his second career Wimbledon title.

Djokovic has reached at least the semifinals at Wimbledon four times, including in 2011, when he won the tournament. He lost to eventual champion Roger Federer in the semifinals last year.

Djokovic's last two years have been so dominant that we forget he was 33-5 with three singles titles coming into Wimbledon this year, despite claims that he hadn't played at the same level in 2013. That includes a victory at the Australian Open. 

Perhaps if Djokovic captures Wimbledon 2013, talk of him not being as dominant will cease.

The master returner ranks second in first-serve return points and sixth in second-serve return points at the All England Club this year, per Wimbledon.com. He also ranks third in break points won.

In the quarterfinals, Berdych's serve was brilliant, hitting 130 mph at its peak. Despite that, the Czech only managed six aces. Berdych had posted 58 aces through four matches at Wimbledon before facing Djokovic.

The last point of the second set may have demonstrated just how aggravating Djokovic can be to his opponents.  

Berdych blasted an absolute beauty of a serve. He actually stepped back to admire it. But despite the ball bouncing up near Djokovic's head, the Serb somehow found a way to return it. Berdych was so stunned that he noticeably lost his footing going after the return, consequently smashing the ball into the net.  

Djokovic may have only won 39 percent of return points in that match, but, believe me, he shouldn't have even won that much.

Murray's come-from-behind victory over Fernando Verdasco in the quarterfinals was the mark of a player who has matured considerably since 2011, but not even an improved Murray will be able to defeat Djokovic at Wimbledon 2013. 

When Djokovic is returning the way he is now, it leaves little hope for anyone to beat him.

 

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