WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — A year ago, Novak Djokovic arrived at Wimbledon in a rut.
Still working his way back from elbow surgery, still fine-tuning a new service motion, he was more than 24 months removed from his most recent Grand Slam title. His ranking had tumbled out of the top 20 for the first time in over a decade.
One fortnight later, Djokovic was all the way back to his best. When he enjoys the defending male singles champion’s honor of being the first to play at Centre Court on Monday, facing unseeded Philipp Kohlschreiber, Djokovic will be ranked No. 1 and beginning his bid for a fifth title at the All England Club.
He’ll also be seeking a 16th major championship overall, and fourth in the past five Slam tournaments.
“Quite a difference,” Djokovic said. “Coming off from the surgery, being unable…