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Djokovic fires warning in Murray's direction

ESPN staff
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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic believes he is a better player now than he was when he won Wimbledon in 2011 - firing a warning shot in the direction of potential final opponent Andy Murray.

Djokovic and Murray, the top two players in the world, remain on course to meet in Sunday's showdown after both players safely progressed to the quarter-finals on Monday, with Djokovic overcoming Tommy Haas and Murray coming through unscathed against Mikhail Youzhny.

Djokovic was the man to beat in 2011, as the Serb defeated Rafael Nadal in the final to claim his one and only triumph at SW19. He was also victorious at the Australian and US Opens as well as winning seven other trophies, including a record five Masters 1000 titles.

The top ranked player has yet to drop a set at Wimbledon so far, and is scheduled to face Tomas Berdych in the last-eight on Wednesday. He feels he can see off the player who dumped him out of the competition in the semi-finals three years ago.

"I lost to him when we played in 2010 but I think I am playing really good tennis at this moment, better than in 2011 when I won it, so I feel confident," Djokovic said.

With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal suffering shock early round defeats in the opening week, Djokovic and Murray are widely expected to contest their third grand slam final in the past four majors later this week.

However, Djokovic potentially has the tougher route of the two to the final, as he now faces former finalist Berdych, and were he to win would bump into former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro or French Open runner-up David Ferrer in the last-four.

Murray, on the other hand, faces unseeded but experienced campaigner Fernando Verdasco, and could land a semi-final tie against either the talented Jerzy Janowicz or surprise quarter-finalist Lukasz Kubot should he get past the Spaniard.

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