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LONDON -- Rod Laver figured Novak Djokovic might very well be the player, and this might very well be the year, that would finally end his distinction as the last man to win a calendar-year Grand Slam. Cheap Hydro Flask Water Bottle .Its a tough road, Laver said Saturday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from his home in California. Certainly, I thought he could be the guy to do it.Laver tuned in on TV to see some of the match that ended Djokovics bid, a 7-6 (6), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (5) loss to Sam Querrey of the United States in the third round of Wimbledon.Winning all four major tennis tournaments -- the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open -- in a single season has only been accomplished by two men. Don Budge, an American, did it in 1938, and Laver, an Australian, pulled it off twice, in 1962 as an amateur and in 1969 as a professional.Djokovic came to the All England Club after collecting four consecutive major titles, something no man had achieved since Laver all those years ago. But Djokovic did it over the past two seasons, not all in one.So the Serb was halfway to the true Grand Slam.When he won the French Open, I thought: `Wimbledon, hes won it twice in a row, why wouldnt he come in confident and be able to win again? So I put him down as the favorite to win Wimbledon, Laver said. And then its a matter of controlling nerves and being healthy when you get to the last one.As he watched the match against Querrey, Laver said, he was struck by Djokovics lower-than-usual level of play.I dont know whether it was the pressure or whether he wasnt feeling up to power. I dont know what his situation was health-wise, but it didnt look like he was ready to play a big match. The rain didnt help. But he wasnt playing his best tennis, and Querrey kept the pressure on with that serve.Laver was particularly caught off-guard by the way Djokovic meekly fell into a two-set deficit before play was halted Friday night because of rain.He looked like he was hardly trying, Laver said. I was a little critical of his second set.Laver said he was impressed by Querreys play and wonders whether this could springboard the American to bigger things.Querrey, 28, never has been to the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament.Hes gone and taken himself to another level. When you start beating the No. 1 player, you jump into another level and maybe his confidence will start to soar and drive him into a lot of new things.---Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at Hydro Flask Online Sale .Y. - Nelson Mandela will be honoured by the New York Yankees with a plaque in Monument Park. Hydro Flask Water Bottle Sale . The judges scored it 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 for Jones (19-1). It was the champions closest call. Despite the loss, it was a remarkable show by the confident Swedish challenger, who had the best of the early rounds and then hung on in the fourth and fifth. . It is a cliché dragged out by fans and pundits regularly when discussions take place around which teams are better than others. Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold has threatened to boycott Februarys World Championships in Sochi due to ongoing concerns over state-sponsored doping.Yarnold criticised the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) for not doing more to address concerns over the awarding of the event to the Russian city, and said she will head into the new World Cup circuit unconvinced that her sport is clean.Yarnold is preparing to embark on a new World Cup season later this month after taking a one-year sabbatical in the wake of her Olympic triumph in Sochi in 2014.Russias sliding programme was implicated in a report into doping improprieties by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren earlier this year, and a second report scheduled for December is expected to reveal further breaches.Yarnold said: I hope the IBSF are going to have serious discussions about what theyre going to do about the World Championships in Sochi.We know that it may be a state-sponsored doping issue and I dont want to compete at an event where there are not clean athletes and questions over what is going to happen to my doping samples.We need to find out more but if nothing changes ahead of the Sochi World Championships then I wouldnt rule out not competing.The IBSF awarded the World Championships to Sochi in June 2013, a decision which pre-dated the International Olympic Committees announcement last year that preparations for the staging of future international winter sports events in Russia should be postponed pending the outcome of the McLaren investigation. Hydro Flask Clearance Sale. The IBSF, which was not immediately available for comment, has so far shown no inclination to pursue an alternative venue and Yarnold added: I am really surprised that the IBSF havent taken a stronger stance.The IOC and WADA [the world anti-doping agency] have recommended the Championships arent in Russia and that is something I would stand by and support.I dont think we can be completely certain [that all athletes are clean]. There are certain nations which are not WADA-compliant, so it is a fear.The saddest thing is that clean athletes have been missing out on medals and titles and that really upsets me -- we will just have to wait and see what happens.GB Bobsleigh performance director Gary Anderson echoed Yarnolds concerns, saying his team will fully review any new revelations from McLaren before deciding on a course of action.The GB Bobsleigh team have particular reason to maintain an interest given their fifth place finish in the four-man event at the Sochi Olympics -- behind two Russian crews.Anderson said: Weve got to make a big decision with regard to attending the Worlds. We have to think about the athletes, the programme and Great Britain.All that has to be taken into account when we make the decision because at the moment it [competing in Russia] is not something I look forward to. ' ' ' 

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