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Missing Wimbledon would not have been ‘correct’, says Djokovic

Novak Djokovic emphasized that skipping Wimbledon wouldn’t have been appropriate despite recently undergoing knee surgery. The 37-year-old Serbian, aiming to match Roger Federer’s record of eight Wimbledon titles and become the oldest modern-era champion, explained his motivation stemmed from a strong desire to compete. His surgery addressed a meniscus injury sustained at the French Open, forcing him to withdraw before the quarter-finals and pause his play.

Reflecting on his decision, Djokovic expressed a sentiment beyond mere fear of missing out, describing it as a profound drive to participate, especially given Wimbledon’s significance since childhood. He clarified that missing this tournament was inconceivable to him.

Arriving in London without a title this season, Djokovic acknowledged the success of younger players like Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz, the latter having succeeded him as French Open champion. Despite this, Djokovic conveyed confidence in his knee’s health and overall physical condition, crucial as he pursues his 25th Grand Slam title.

He drew inspiration from Taylor Fritz, who returned to Wimbledon just three weeks after similar surgery last year, viewing Fritz’s rapid recovery as a source of optimism. Djokovic acknowledged the differing recovery times among individuals but remained determined to give Wimbledon his best effort

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