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Thursday 14 December 2017

Djokovic talks up Murray's chances

NOVAK DJOKOVIC declared Andy Murray is capable of winning Wimbledon despite dispatching his rival in the final warm-up for SW19.

World number one Djokovic prevailed 6-4 6-4 at The Boodles in a rain-delayed exhibition match that the players clearly viewed as a glorified practice session.

Murray has now lost all three of his grass-court outings in preparation for Wimbledon, but Djokovic is still convinced the 25-year-old can challenge for the title.

"Andy's chances are always strong. Maybe the media is too hard on him for not winning a Grand Slam, but he's a quality player," the top seed at SW19 said.

"He's been in the semi-finals of Wimbledon three times, he just needs a little bit of luck and a good day when he plays big matches."

Murray was happy with his build-up to Wimbledon, despite his lack of success on court topped by his first-round exit at the AEGON Championships last week.

"I think my preparations have gone very well," said the Scot. "Queen's was obviously disappointing, but here the results weren't important at all."

Djokovic, the reigning champion at SW19, has won five Grand Slam titles -- four of them since January last year -- and is hungry for more success.

"It's my life. I'm in love with this sport and have dedicated everything to tennis," he said.

"I've had a fantastic career, but I still feel that there are plenty of years to come."

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