Fading Djokovic to regroup after hitting Wimbledon wall

June 26th, 2008 - 2:44 pm ICT by IANS  

London, June 26 (DPA) Shattered Serb Novak Djokovic may have to hunt for his rackets in a few weeks as he heads off for a pause after exiting against Russian Marat Safin in the second round of Wimbledon Wednesday. “I’m going to go home, home sweet home,” said the third seed who saw any current chance of overtaking rivals Rafael Nadal and number one Roger Federer buried in a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 humiliation by Russia’s two-time Grand Slam winner.

“I’ll rest a little bit, I’ll leave the racquets at home and I’ll go somewhere many miles away,” said Djokovic, who won the Australian Open this year and has made no secret of his desire to pass long-time tennis dominator Federer in the rankings.

“It’s been a long season, even though it’s only halfway through. But physically I wasn’t tired, and that was not the explanation why I lost today.

“He was just better than me on the court. I had very a bad day, and that’s it.”

Djokovic has now lost twice to the 28-year-old Safin, the number 75 who had fallen on hard times in recent seasons due to injury and associated comebacks.

“Safin still has his ups and downs. He’s known for his mental instability in some ways,” the youngster said of the streaky Russian.

“He’s still not too old, he’s playing well, moving well. He wants to step it up again and try to get far in a major.”

Djokovic has been trying to overcome a reputation as an easy target when he gets into a rut. The Serb had quit with foot problems a year ago in a semi-final against Nadal at the All England club.

“I kept on trying, it’s not that I gave up. I knew that I can turn around at any second. I was having a lot of ups and downs. When I found my momentum, I couldn’t keep it.”

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