Novak Djokovic wary of Haas threat

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Novak Djokovic may be favourite to reach the Wimbledon final this year, and perhaps even to win the tournament, but the Serb remains modest about his chances and insists Tommy Haas will be no pushover in today's Round of 16 clash.

The pair have met eight times in total, with the world No.1 slightly edging the head-to-head record, five wins to Haas' three. 

Although significantly the German won their two meetings on grass, one in the 2009 Gerry Weber Open final and the other a few weeks later in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

So you can see why Djokovic may have his doubts, even though those Haas wins were over three years ago, if they stay in the back of his mind another upset could be on the cars.

“Look, there’s no clear favourite in this match,” Djokovic told the London Evening Standard. 

“It’s going to be a big challenge for both of us. I think it’s his most preferred surface. He loves playing on grass. He had a few great wins lately and he beat Roger in the finals of Halle last year.

“He played again really well this season on grass. In general, this season he has played great. I mean he’s 35-years-old and he’s been playing very close to the best tennis of his life, in my opinion. He’s very fit, he doesn’t look like a 35-year-old man, for sure. He’s full of confidence on court.”

Djokovic was in ruthless form in the previous round against American Jeremy Chardy, he sealed his 50th win on grass in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. The Serb won 93 percent of all points on his first serve and looked in incredible form.

Tommy Haas will certainly have his work cut out if he is to cause another shock today.


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