Wimbledon - Djokovic 'surprised' at No. 1 seeding

Novak Djokovic has exclusively told Eurosport he is surprised to have been seeded first at Wimbeldon this year.

Wimbledon - Djokovic 'surprised' at No. 1 seeding

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Novak Djokovic

The Serb is currently ranked second in the world, behind Rafael Nadal, but Wimbledon's seeding system does not correspond to the ATP's standings.

Instead it takes into account grass court form in recent years, and with Djokovic winning in 2011, reaching the semi-finals in 2012 and then the final last year, where he lost to Andy Murray, he was placed ahead of clay-court specialist Nadal.

Last year the Spaniard was a shock victim of Steve Darcis in the first round at Wimbledon, while the year before he lost to Lukas Rosol in only the second round.

Asked if he was surprised to be seeded No. 1, Djokovic told Eurosport at the launch of the new Peugeot 508: "A little bit to be honest. I appreciate the respect that I get from the Wimbledon tournament - I always tried to perform my best tennis in this tournament.

"I dreamt to win, which happened in 2011. I had some success there, many semi-finals and finals, and it may have affected the decision.

"It's a responsibility, an extra pressure if I can say it like that. It's all part of the sport, it's privilege and a responsibility I have to overcome as a top player. I have to deliver my best game in London."

As for how he manages to get over his defeat to Nadal in the final of Roland Garros and focus on Wimbledon, Djokovic said: "I am still in the process.

"Mentally it's not the first nor the last match I lost in a big tournament. I faced this particular situation before: last year it was emotional v Nadal, it was a kind of similar this year.

"I managed to reach the final in Wimbledon, I hope I can get that far this year. I am motivated as it's the biggest tournament in our sport."

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