Wimbledon: Kyle Edmund responds to cheating claims after Novak Djokovic defeat


Novak Djokovic admitted he had to stay mentally tough as the three-time champion shrugged off a controversial call against him to beat Kyle Edmund in the Wimbledon third round on Saturday.

The stakes are about to be raised considerably, and Edmund finds himself sharing the sporting stage, with England taking on Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals at 3pm on Saturday.

The Serbian came from a set down to knock out the only remaining home nation player over four sets.

Djokovic saw chances go begging in the opener, but stepped things up in set two and deservedly levelled after repeatedly putting pressure on the Edmund serve.

The 31-year-old was beaten in the final at Queen's Club after Marin Cilic saved a match point, and came through the first two rounds at the All England Club without dropping a set this week. "Because it is much more about the mental game".

After a hard 12 months which followed his injury-enforced withdrawal in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, Djokovic is again resembling the player who went to world number one and collected 12 Grand Slam titles. Over the years, the Serb has never really received the same support as Federer and Nadal, despite his incredible haul of trophies and records. It's been that constant learning process.

"First of all, the only thing I wanted to know from him (the umpire) is, how does he think it's possible that Kyle hits the shot that he hit so clean and so flat and fast if he hit it with the frame".

Novak Djokovic isn't happy with the Wimbledon crowd after being jeered during his round of 32 win over British tennis No 1 Kyle Edmund.

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That wasn't the only point of contention in the match. Djokovic is playing better because grass I think suits his game at the moment, grass usually suits your game better when you're less confident because it's about staying alive in the points. His groundstrokes crackle but more variety is required. That's something that I can tolerate for a little bit.

However, his run to the semi-finals at the Australian Open earlier this year underline his undoubted class and the United States hard court season presents a big opportunity for more gains, as he seeks to better a fourth round appearance at Flushing Meadows two years ago.

"If you were in my position, you would probably understand. I just feel free on the court".

"It was quite a odd situation, to be honest", said Djokovic of the incident which happened right in front of umpire Jake Garner.

"No that didn't happen, I watched", he said of the proposed television ban.

I played Andy Murray a couple of times (at Wimbledon). 'He has a very good team. He has a good working ethic.

"He has really improved his game in the last 12 months". We talk a lot about that, to enjoy it.

The shocks continued in the women's draw on Friday, with last year's runner-up Venus Williams and her American compatriot Madison Keys joining the exodus of top-10 seeds.

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