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Djokovic calms injury fears

Novak Djokovic says a recent wrist problem will not affect his bid to reclaim the Wimbledon men's singles title.

The Serb sparked fears about his first tournament on grass this season when he pulled out of an exhibition match in London earlier this week.

Djokovic has been troubled by his wrist since Monte Carlo in April and he said he had just been taking extra care not to aggravate it in the run-up to the third Grand Slam tournament of the season.

He has practised pain-free over the last few days and the 2011 Wimbledon champion expects to be fit enough to make a strong bid to win the All England Club crown for the second time.

"It's the first time that I have problems with the wrist. I started feeling it before Monte Carlo tournament started," said Djokovic, who suffered an agonising defeat against Rafael Nadal in the final of the French Open. "I played Monte Carlo under strange conditions, under a lot of pain. I decided to skip Madrid, which was a good decision, because I played pain-free in Rome and Roland Garros. "Right now I don't feel any pain. But I felt like when I'm changing surfaces, especially from clay to grass, in the opening few days of the practice here got a little bit of a strange sensation in the wrist. "Now it's fine, so hopefully it can stay that way.

"Roland Garros in general has taken a lot out of me emotionally. That's the reason why I haven't been taking part in one of these lead-up events. "It was a long claycourt season and I needed four or five days rest to try to get my mind off tennis. "It helps. Because as much as we love this sport, you need to balance and try to have some recovery time which can recharge your batteries mentally most of all. "That's what I got, so now I'm very motivated to play Wimbledon."