Djokovic stays grounded

World number one Novak Djokovic is taking nothing for granted despite being handed a favourable draw ahead of the Wimbledon Championships, which start in London on Monday.

Should Djokovic progress to the Wimbledon final, which seems highly likely at this juncture, he would have done so without playing against any of his three main rivals - Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal.

Nadal, who is the fifth seed at this year's tournament, will have to beat Stanislas Wawrinka, Federer and Murray just to book a final spot. Were the Spaniard to play against Djokovic in the final, he would have expended a considerable amount of energy against two of the top three players in the world.

There is therefore no doubt in any tennis pundit's mind that Djokovic has the better draw at this year's championships.

"The draw is something that you cannot affect. So I honestly wasn't thinking about it too much because it's a matter of luck and it's a matter of a coin toss," said Djokovic on Saturday.

"It is what it is. Some people would say that I was lucky with the draw.

"But it's a Grand Slam, so I don't think that there is any easy way to the title or easy way to win because the best players in the world are playing in this tournament, the most valuable, most prestigious tournament in the world," explained a grounded Djokovic.

"Everybody wants to play well, so I've got to take it slowly and think only about my next opponent," added the world number one.

Djokovic will start his bid to win a second Wimbledon title against Florian Mayer, a player who he beat in the quarter-finals at SW19 last year.

"He's a tricky player. He has a bit of an unorthodox game. He can be very dangerous on this surface. He loves playing on grass," said a cautious Djokovic.

"If you look at his career, he's made his best results on grass.

"He's tall, he can serve well and he can move around the court well. I think it's a difficult opponent for the first round."

Djokovic was confident about his abilities on the tennis court, nevertheless.

"I'm ready. Every day I'm getting better on the court. I'm proceeding with my program, with my team, and hopefully I can be ready for that match."