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Djokovic: Nadal loss to inspire Wimbledon win

ESPN staff
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Novak Djokovic will be gunning for a second Wimbledon crown © AP
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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic hopes his loss to Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of French Open will inspire him to emerge victorious at Wimbledon.

The Serb was edged out 9-7 in a fifth and final set by the Spaniard - who went on to capture an eighth triumph at Roland Garros - and twice came from behind in the four-hour and 37-minute tussle.

Djokovic has won six grand slams, but the French Open continues to elude the 26-year-old. However, he is determined to get his hands on a second Wimbledon trophy and hopes the defeat will be all the inspiration he needs to be the champion at SW19 for a second time.

"Hopefully I can use this next period that is coming up to recover, mentally get motivated and get inspired again to play my best tennis in Wimbledon," he said.

"It's not the first [and] it's not the last loss in my career against this particular player [Nadal]. I wanted this title [the French Open] so much, so I am disappointed. That's it. That's the way I feel."

Djokovic revealed the defeat will not dent his chances of success for the rest of the season, and the top-ranked player heaped praise on his opponent.

"I don't think it's going to take the toll on me in the future because I have been in these particular situations before," Djokovic admitted.

"I congratulate my opponent, because he showed the courage in the right moments and went for his shots and when he was a break down in the fifth he made some incredible shots from the baseline. That's why he's a champion."

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