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Tennis Scores: Djokovic knows that he must avoid complacency
By Andrew Scott Thursday, 7 February 2013 11:50
On Monday, Novak Djokovic will start his bid for a third consecutive open title, but the No 1 player in the world who is well known for his great tennis scores knows that against Paul-Henri Mathieu, first round opponent, he must avoid complacency.
The Serbian is in a bid to become the first player in the Open era to win the tournament three years in a row, making very good tennis scores, and is going into the competition as the top seed and the big favourite amongst the tennis betting fans.
Tennis betting fans learned that Djokovick’s first hurdle will be World No 12 Mathieu, who on two occasions reached the last 16 stage in Melbourne with very good tennis scores.
“The draw is something you cannot affect. It’s not in your hands so you just try to take it one match at a time, focus on your next opponent, your next challenge,” Djokovic said.
“Maybe Mathieu is ranked lower at the moment (at 60 in the world) but he was a top-20 player. He knows how it feels to play on a big stage.
“There is no underestimating him, that’s for sure. I’m going to try to focus from the start.”
As last year’s runner-up Rafael Nadal is absent, Djokovic’s most likely challengers are Andy Murray and Roger Federer.
Djokovic knows very well why the world’s top four players were put on a pedestal, but believes that there are several others who are capable of competing for the major prizes, as they also make great tennis scores.
He added: “It’s probably expected that the three of us, and Nadal of course, would still be the main candidates to win all the major titles.
“But I wouldn’t underestimate (Juan Martin ) Del Potro, (Jo-Wilfried) Tsonga, (David) Ferrer, (Tomas) Berdych or anyone who is in the top 10.
“And there are young players coming up like (Bernard) Tomic, (Grigor) Dimitrov and (Milos) Raonic. I don’t think it’s nice for me to predict that us three will be champions of all the Grand Slams this year.