Exhausted Djokovic to cut schedule


London : Exhausted Wimbledon semi-finalist Novak Djokovic will slice his schedule in an attempt to regain fitness after an exhausting six month-rise into the top five players in the world.

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"I'm going to play just one tournament here in Europe, in Umag on clay, then I'm going to go to Montreal, Canada, Cincinnati and then the US Open," he explained.After shooting into the elite only a few months ago through nearly non-stop tournament success, the youngster is taking advice to throttle back, picking his shots with more care to conserve energy and maximise results.

"I'm going to try to reduce my tournaments as much as I can because I've played a lot, really a lot of matches," he said after completing his 14th event in six months and lifting three titles.

"I've had a really difficult season, with no rest basically in six, seven months. I didn't have four or five days off.

"Over the next seven to ten days, I'll try to recover as much as I can."


Place your bets for Venus Wimbledon defence

Just hours after lifting her fourth Wimbledon crown, British bookmakers were taking bets on next year's title defence from Venus Williams.

The American is currently quoted at 6/1 to retain her Wimbledon crown next year, according to Ladbrokes.

The punters can find 33/1 odds that the 27-year-old can add the Australian Open and French Open titles to her prize list to complete a career Grand Slam.

Meanwhile, Wimbledon officials, the spectre of rain, which plagued the championships, no longer a threat, said that attendance on the final Saturday set a record.

The figure of 30,173 was an all-time mark for the day, surpassing the previous record of 29,566 set in 1999.