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Oct 18, 2012 11:12pm
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WIMBLEDON, England—The question drew a chuckle from Novak Djokovic. Andrew Luck Jersey . Could the prestigious
Grand Slam tournament Wimbledon, officially called simply The Championships, be
thought of as a dress rehearsal this year? After all, the tennis portion of the
London Olympics will be held on the same grass courts at the All England Club,
starting July 28, three weeks following the end of Wimbledon. “I dont believe
that Wimbledon can be rehearsal for anything,” Djokovic said Sunday, gently
tapping his fingers on the desk in front of him. “Its (the) most respected, most
well-known, most valuable tennis tournament in the world. This is, in my
opinion, the pinnacle of our sport. Of course, Olympic Games are something
(beyond) comparison with any other tournaments.” OK, so forget the notion of
Wimbledon-as-tuneup. Still, the No. 1-ranked Djokovic and others are excited
about the prospect of playing at their sports most hallowed ground for more than
one prize this season. “It is very emotional, because it is not just you who
matters there, its the whole nation. So there is a huge excitement going on with
all the tennis players prior to the Olympic Games,” said Djokovic, who will
carry Serbias flag at the opening ceremony next month. Serena Williams
explained: “As a tennis player, you get to play Grand Slams, which you get to
play every other week, it seems. You dont think about the Olympics. Its just an
added bonus.” Djokovic begins the defence of his Wimbledon title—and, um,
Olympic preparations—on Monday, playing the first match on Centre Court, an
honour given the previous years male champion. Hell face Juan Carlos Ferrero,
who won the French Open in 2003 and briefly held the top spot in the ATP
rankings that year. Others scheduled to play on Day 1 include No. 3 Roger
Federer, a six-time Wimbledon champion, against 43rd-ranked Albert Ramos; No. 1
Maria Sharapova against 133rd-ranked Anastasia Rodionova; five-time Wimbledon
champion Venus Williams against 79th-ranked Elena Vesnina; and four-time major
champion Kim Clijsters, whos entered in the tournament for the final time before
retiring in September, against another former No. 1, Jelena Jankovic. Theyll all
be wearing “almost entirely white” clothing to adhere to the tournaments strict
rules, which call for a player to be defaulted if not in proper attire. Thatll
change come Olympic time, though, as will other aspects of the look and feel of
the place—such as the sure-to-be-ubiquitous five-ring logos. Clijsters spoke
Sunday about recently receiving her Belgian Olympic outfit. “I saw the red
skirt,” she recounted. “I was like, Red skirt at Wimbledon?” Said Djokovic: “Its
going to be interesting to see colours in Wimbledon, I believe, because we
always go out on the court all-white dressed. Were going to have the opportunity
to wear the national colours, so its going to be interesting to see that.” Then,
turning to tennis talk, he added: “Knowing that I had great success in 2011 on
Wimbledon grass actually gives me confidence before this years Wimbledon and
Olympic Games.” Not that he lacks self-belief anywhere. Or should. Djokovic won
four of the last six Grand Slam titles, and nearly became the first man in 43
years to earn four in a row. But his 27-match winning streak at major
tournaments ended with a four-set loss to No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the French Open
final two weeks ago. Asked how he was able to put that in the past, Djokovic
replied: “Well, I had to.” “Its behind me now—I was so close—even though
there was a slight disappointment after the match, because I was aware of the
chance that I had in Roland Garros,” he said. “But the day after, I felt good
about my tournament, about my achievement in Paris. It was the first time I ever
have been in the finals of Roland Garros. ... Im still only 25, so I believe
that I have a lot more years and a lot more chances to win Roland Garros.” He
famously plucked some blades of grass from the Centre Court lawn, then shoved
them in his mouth, after beating Nadal in last years Wimbledon final. That was
Djokovics first title of any sort on grass, allowed him to overtake Nadal atop
the rankings and cemented the Serb as the new man to beat in tennis. He followed
that up by beating Nadal in the finals at the U.S. Open in September and
Australian Open in January, too. They are the first men to meet in four
successive Grand Slam finals; even Nadal and Federer never played each other in
more than two in a row, although their eight major finals overall (Nadal leads
6-2) is a record. “When I started to play well, Roger always was there. With
Novak, its little bit the other way: I was there, and then he came,” said Nadal,
who has played in five Wimbledon finals, winning two. “So (its) difficult for me
to analyze which rivalry is more important, less important, more attractive,
less attractive.” There is something about which Nadal is certain, however, when
it comes to all of these matchups with Djokovic and Federer on the sports
biggest stages. “If you are not able to improve your level of tennis,” Nadal
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after the opening run, finished the Podkoren course in a combined time of one
minute 49.19 seconds for his 12th career victory. The Austrian also won in
Bansko, Bulgaria, last week. Axel Baeck of Sweden and Nolan Kasper of the United
States, who had the fastest second-run time, both earned their first career
podium finish as they shared second place, 0.Its hard to say if weve seen the
end of Nicklas Lidstrom. I dont necessarily think so; Mike Babcock doesnt think
hes retiring. Nick Lidstrom is going to do what he always does, which is take
some time off, and when it comes time in late June or early July when its time
to get back in the gym and have to start working again, thats when hell
determine whether or not hes fit to play for next year. It comes down to how
much work hes willing to do in the off-season. Hes capable of playing. The level
he played at this year, hes still a top five or six defenceman in the NHL. For
that reason, nobody thinks hes going anywhere, but its possible. If he decided
to go, people would say ‘thats it for the Red Wings, their window closed.
Datsyuk and Zetterberg are getting older along with a lot of other players on
their roster. Even if Lidstrom left, the Red Wings have something this summer
they havent had for an awfully long time, and that is cap space. Its almost like
the old days for Ken Holland and Mike Ilitch, and there are guys out there for
Detroit to targeet.dddddddddddd Ryan Suter, Zach Parise, some big name free
agents. The Detroit Red Wings, whether Lidstrom is back or not, are going
big-game hunting this summer, I believe. Staal continues to have biggest impact
for Penguins Jordan Staal and the Pittsburgh Penguins look born again. This
series didnt start off very well for the either – everyone remembers in Game 1
overtime it was Staal, a tremendous defensive forward, who allowed Jakub Voracek
to sneak by him on to score. But in this game, just like he has throughout the
series, Staal ripped it up. Six goals and nine points. Tonight he ended up with
the tying goal before setting up the game-winner with his line mate
Tyler Kennedy. Theres a lot of talk about Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby – and
rightfully so – but right now Staal is outshining those guys. Even on this night
- Malkin had a couple more minutes of ice time than Staal, Crosby had one more
minute of ice time – no skater has had as big an impact on this series as
Jordan Staal. ’ ’ ’ 

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