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Djokovic looks for crowd support

Djokovic looks for crowd support
By Eurosport

07/06/2006 at 06:58Updated

Young Serbian Novak Djokovic has been trying everything to get the crowd on his side ahead of Wednesday's quarter final match-up with Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, even going as far as wearing a football shirt of potential World Cup opponents France!

"That shirt is a really nice present," he explained. "I got it from a French girl in Italy recently. There's my lucky number and my nickname written on the back.

"So I think it is a really great thing to have. Maybe it will help me get the crowd behind me in the next few days."

It is the first time Djokovic - who has made headlines this week by revealing a desire to get a British passport - has never made it to the quarter finals of a Grand Slam before, and the prospect of playing the 'king of clay' Nadal is something he can't help but get excited about.

"To be in the last eight of a Grand Slam is just an amazing feeling for me," he said. "I'll just try to give my best in the next match and to win.

NOTHING TO LOSE

"Nadal, as we all know, is the player on this surface. He can prove that by his results, and the record of more than 50 victories in a row. I'd say it is pretty amazing for a 20 year old.

"For sure he is the number one favourite to win this year title at Roland Garros. He is feeling pretty well and hasn't had many long or difficult matches.

"I hope that I will recover as much as I can to be ready for this match. I think I need to be really fit and a 100 percent ready to win against Nadal."

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