Djokovic: Federer the favorite for Olympic gold

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LONDON. July 27. KAZINFORM World No. 1 Roger Federer is the favorite to win gold at the Olympics, his rival and world No. 2 Novak Djokovic said Thursday, according to RIA Novosti.

Despite Federer's 17 Grand Slam titles, an Olympic singles medal has so far eluded him, although he won gold in the men's doubles in 2008.

Federer took back the top spot from Djokovic last month after winning Wimbledon, where the Olympic tennis will be played.

"Roger Federer is a recent Wimbledon winner and stands the best chance to win gold because of his career of success," Djokovic said, adding that Britain's Andy Murray could win at his home Olympics.

"Then you have Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and myself."

Reigning Olympic champion Rafael Nadal is injured and unable to take part.

Djokovic won Wimbledon last year and has reached the semifinals on three other occasions, most recently last month, losing to Federer in the semfinals.

Elsewhere in the draw, Thursday saw the news that Croatia's Ivo Karlovic has withdrawn from the Olympics with a foot injury and will be replaced by Germany's Philipp Petzschner.

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