Novak Djokovic takes late wild card to join stellar line-up at Queen's to prepare for Wimbledon

The 12-time Grand Slam champion will strengthen still further the best field in the history of the tournament.

Djokovic, who lost to Rafael Nadal in the 2008 Queen’s final, said: “‘I am very excited to be playing the Fever-Tree Championships again.

“I have happy memories of reaching the final at The Queen’s Club 10 years ago and also winning the doubles title.

“The atmosphere is always great and I am looking forward to playing in front of the British crowd again.

“After the exciting events in Rome and Paris, I'm ready for new challenges.

"Grass is very special, it is the rarest of surfaces so I'm happy I'll have the opportunity to compete at this strong tournament, which will also be a great preparation for Wimbledon.”

Nadal, who has just won his 11th French Open title, and former Grand Slam winners Juan Martin Del Potro, Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic head the field, along with five-time champion Andy Murray.

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The question now is whether Murray will declare himself fit to play at Queen’s where Djokovic and so many other top players will be waiting.

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