Former Wimbledon Champion and coach of six-times Grand Slam Champion Novak Djokovic, Boris Becker, told GiveMeSport in an exclusive interview that the Serbian is fit and ready for the second week of Wimbledon, despite an injury scare during his third round victory over Gilles Simon.
Djokovic injury scare
Djokovic took a third set tumble which left him clutching his left shoulder and needing treatment, in what was an anxious moment for the 2011 Champion and his team.
However coach, Becker, told GiveMeSport the news Djokovic fans will be delighted to hear ahead of his crucial fourth round clash with the dangerous Jo-Wilfred Tsonga.
"For a minute my heart stopped. For a minute I thought it was all over," the former champion said.
"Experts checked and there is no damage, nothing broken. It is a bruise and it hurts. Luckily he has two days off so it should be enough time for him to recover for Monday's match with Tsonga."
Becker, one of tennis' great champions during a career that saw him win 49 professional titles including Six Grand Slams, three of those coming at Wimbledon, knows what it takes to come out on top, and acknowledged that the worrying moment is all part and parcel of Grand Slam tennis.
"It is all part of winning a Grand Slam. You go through ups and downs, there is no easy way. You got to fight to stay alive and that was one of those moments."
Grand Slam tennis is two tournaments
Despite the injury and a straight sets win over Frenchman Simon, it was a slightly indifferent performance by Djokovic which saw him uncharacteristically drop his serve on three occasions and produce 23 unforced errors, something that didn't worry his coach.
"I find at Wimbledon or any other Grand Slam, you have two tournaments, the first week and the second week. In my opinion the real tournament starts on Monday. Most of the seeded guys play so every game is like a Grand Slam final, so you have to be on your very best."
"The first week is about fine tuning your game, not losing too much energy or spending too much time on court."
Djokovic has a testing fourth round clash today against Frenchman Tsonga, an opponent that brings a lot of energy to the court and one that tends to save his best tennis for the grass of SW19, as Roger Federer found out in 2011.
The Swiss was cruising to a comfortable win and a date with Djokovic in the 2011 semi-finals, until Tsonga stormed back from two sets down to stun Federer, and set up a date with Djokovic, the Serbian eventually winning in four sets on his way to the lifting the title.
Seven times Wimbledon champion, Roger Federer, is also through to week two after suffering an early exit last year.
Next up for the Swiss maestro is Spanish veteran Tommy Robredo, a man that has only beaten him once in 11 meetings, however that victory, their most recent encounter, was an emphatic three-set win for the Spaniard during the fourth round of the 2013 US Open.
Federer is showing far better form since that clash and has also added double Wimbledon Champion, Stefan Edberg, to his coaching team.
The 17-times Grand Slam Champion has looked close to his best form again this season following Tour titles in Dubai and Halle, and Becker believes he is a serious title contender this year.
"I am impressed with his whole performance all year. He has had a second wind and looks rejuvenated. I think the fact that he has added two new members to his family has helped him. He has nothing to prove having won 17 Grand Slam titles."
"He loves to play tennis and the way he plays is not physically demanding. He has a good technique, a quick game and grass I believe is his best surface. So I see him as one of the proper contenders for the tournament."
Becker impressed with Murray
Defending champion Andy Murray, has looked in great form during the first week after brushing aside Goffin, Rola and Bautista Agut, without dropping a set.
Murray's first week form has impressed Becker, especially considering the German knows all about the pressure of being a defending champion.
"I have been very impressed with Andy's first week. He is the British hope, all the pressure and attention is on him. New coach in his corner so naturally he would feel something (pressure), but he has played some great tennis and hasn't dropped a set. He seems to thrive in these situations when the attention is on him."
The big four, Djokovic, Murray, Nadal and Federer remain the most likely contenders, however Becker acknowledged that rising stars like Dimitrov and Raonic, could be a threat during the second week.
"I hope my man is still standing at the end. Grass is a dangerous surface, you get a big hitter or a big server, within a blink of an eye you can lose the first and second set, then you are in for a struggle. In the second week anything can happen."
To read more from GiveMeSport's exclusive interview with one of tennis's greatest champions, Boris Becker, stay tuned throughout the second week of Wimbledon.
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Special thanks to the management team at San Lorenzo's in Wimbledon for providing the location for the interview.
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