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Djokovic matches Nadal in rankings

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Madrid: Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic held on to the World No.1 spot with 13,845 points in the latest rankings released on Monday. Novak_Djokovic_2007_US_Open

Djokovic has thus matched the achievement of Spain’s Rafael Nadal of topping the rankings for 56 weeks in a row. The Serb’s next target will be John McEnroe’s record of topping the charts for 58 consecutive weeks, reports Efe.

The rankings remained unchanged this week as Swiss Roger Federer held on to second place, followed by Scotland’s Andy Murray. Nadal remained in 10th place.

The top-10 rankings:

  1. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 13,845 points
  2. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 9,665
  3. Andy Murray (Scotland) 7,840
  4. Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 5,790
  5. Kei Nishikori (Japan) 5,525
  6. Tomas Berdych (Czech) 5,140
  7. David Ferrer (Spain) 4,325
  8. Milos Raonic (Canada) 3,810
  9. Marin Cilic (Croatia) 3,495
  10. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 3,000.

 

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Wimbledon 2015: Meditation is the secret behind Djokovic’s winning form

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The pressures of being a professional athlete can take the heat out of the best of players. The top ones are able to deal with it as a part and parcel of the whole gamut of professional sport.

Novak Djokovic, the top tennis player in the world is regarded as one of the strongest tennis players when it comes mental toughness.

After recording yet another comfortable straight sets victory in Wimbledon’s Centre Court on Friday, Djokovic was asked what goes through his mind when he plays.

“I try to put myself only in the present moment, not fight against the thoughts and the pressure and the excitement, but just acknowledge them and be aware of present thoughts but also try to keep my composure and calm,” the defending champion said.

Situated on a leafy suburban street at a five minute walk from the All England Club, the Buddhapadipa Temple has been visited by Djokovic for quiet contemplation for several years now.

“Novak came here on his own. He just walked in and said hello to the people here and went on to meditate on his own”, an orange-robed Phramaha, one of seven Buddhist Monks who lives at the temple told The Independent.

The Serbian player usually meditates early in the morning when the grounds are quiet. He is respectful of the surroundings but does not speak to the monks.

“Sometimes he asks our staff to open the main temple for him, so he can get inside and sit still for a while there,” Phramaha said.

“I think he’s learned how to meditate on his own. He walks around the temple and spends one or two hours alone. He just comes to the temple to enjoy nature, the peace and the beautiful environment”, the full time monk added.

Decorated by a shady walkway weaved between trees and several arched wooden bridges that ascend into a grand staircase, it is easy to see why the world  No.1 chooses to visit the temple so often.

Intricate murals and a floor strewn with Buddha statues and candles further amplify the beauty of the temple. Further accentuating the charm are a series of wooden signs engraved with Buddhist teachings put alongside the path.

“Though one may conquer a thousand men in battle, the one who conquers himself is the greater warrior,” the sign reads.

According to the Phramaha, meditation is helpful for athletes as it focuses the mind on solving “the problem in front of you”–in this case playing on a point-to-point basis.

“Just focusing on the now: that’s the benefit of meditation”, remarks the dynamic player Djokovic.

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Wimbledon draw 2015: World number one Novak Djokovic to clash against Kohlschreiber

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic will face German Phillip Kohlschreiber on Monday in the first round of Wimbledon, media reported on Saturday.

The world no. 1, who is playing on grass for the first time this year, will debut in front of the world No. 33, who plays very well on grass.

Djokovic may play the quarterfinals against Japan’s Kei Nishikori, ranked fifth in the world.

In the semifinals, there is a chance that Djokovic will play against the Swiss Stan Wawrinka, ranked fourth in the world, who beat the Serb in the final of Roland Garros, while he may not face the Spanish Rafael Nadal, the world No. 10, until the final, in case the both reach it.

Nadal debuts against the Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci, whom he faced four times before, which were all won by Rafa, including a previous match in the first round of Wimbledon 2012, which the Spaniard won 7-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Nadal could face his compatriot David Ferrer, the world No. 7, who is debuting against Britain’s James Ward (110th).

The Swiss Roger Federer, seven-time Wimbledon champion and the world No. 2, will face the Bosnian Damir Dzumhur, ranked 87th in the world, during the first round, while U.K. player Andy Murray , the world No. 3 and the winner of Wimbledon 2013, will be debuting against the Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin (58th).

Wimbledon starts next Monday and will last until July 12 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.