Djokovic fires pre-Wimbledon warning


Novak Djokovic fired an ominous warning to his rivals on the eve of Wimbledon by stating that he still has plenty of room for improvement.

The all-conquering world number one ended his wait for a first French Open title by beating Andy Murray this month to complete a career Grand Slam.

Djokovic holds all four major titles and such is his dominance of the men's game that few would bet against him pulling off a calendar Grand Slam after already getting half of the job done this year.

And the irrepressible Serb feels he can get even better as he prepares to start the defence of his title against British outsider James Ward on the grass at SW19 on Monday.

"I can certainly say that I've been working hard to get that consistency for myself throughout the years on the tour, on all different kinds of surfaces, trying to better my game as my career went on." said the 29-year-old.

"Obviously I'm at the peak of my career at the moment. It hopefully can still keep going.

"I still see lots of room for improvement, things that I can work on. That's something that encourages me. That's something that keeps me grounded in a way, gives me more reason to practice."

Top seed Djokovic, beaten by David Goffin at The Boodles exhibition tournament in his first game of the season on grass this week, is relishing getting back on Centre Court on the opening day of the tournament in south-west London.

"Every time you face an opponent for the first time, it's always important to start off well and not allow your opponent to take his chances and opportunities." he added.

"It's going to be the first match on the untouched grass. That's probably one of the most special tennis matches that you get to experience as a professional tennis player.

"I'm looking forward to that. Obviously I know that he doesn't have much to lose. The Centre Court is one of the cradles of our sport, will be hopefully packed, and we can enjoy a great match."