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TENNIS: Novak Djokovic says fatigue cost him in Wimbledon defeat

Published:Monday | July 8, 2013 | 7:51 AM

Novak Djokovic says his Wimbledon final defeat by Andy Murray was partly down to feeling exhausted after his gruelling semi-final victory.



Top seed Djokovic took four hours and 43 minutes to defeat Juan Martin del Potro in five sets on Friday.



He looked weary at times against Murray on a sweltering Centre Court, eventually losing 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in yesterday’s final.



Djokovic says he is not looking for excuses but the previous match took a lot out of him.



Djokovic, a six-time Grand Slam champion, was in sublime form en route to the final, with only Del Potro stretching him.



However, the Serb hit 40 unforced errors during his first straight-sets defeat in a Grand Slam tournament since a loss to Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon in 2010.



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