Having just won the French Open, Novak Djokovic has quickly turned his attention to winning Wimbledon.
Coming in as the favourite for the coveted title, the Serbian star has made a solid start to his quest for glory.
Getting past spirited British youngster Jack Draper ensured he opened the championships ideally. Despite losing the first set 4-6, the 34-year-old immediately got back on track, going on to cruise to victory, eventually winning the next three sets while losing only five games.
Seeing as Wimbledon was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, Djokovic spoke of his delighted to be back winning at the famous event. “It feels great seeing everyone and being back on the most special, or sacred, tennis court in the world,” said Djokovic.
“It has been very difficult times for everyone but I’m very glad the sport is back, hopefully you guys enjoyed it and will enjoy the next couple of weeks.”
Moving into the second round, Djokovic, who’s aiming to equal Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer’s all-time men’s record of 20 major titles, then faced South African Kevin Anderson.
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Making short work of his opponent, the world number one breezed by Anderson, winning 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the third round for the 15th time at Wimbledon. Interestingly, when speaking after the match, Djokovic noted he was very wary coming up against the experienced veteran Anderson, asserting: “Obviously I’m in a high level of confidence after winning [Roland Garros]. But I was nervous coming into this match because I was playing a very good player, experienced player, whom I faced in the final three years ago.
“He’s a big server. He’s a very dangerous opponent, especially in the early rounds. But I’ve done things on and off the court to make myself feel that I’m focused, yet at the same time calm and composed and clear with my game plan and what I want to do. Obviously I did my homework, talked with my coach, and worked well on the practice court.”
Looking confident and on top of his game, he’ll be a tough man to beat for this year’s Wimbledon. Indeed, this is duly reflected in the odds, where the bookies have installed him as a clear favourite at $1.53. The fact the next best rated challenger is priced at $7 in Daniil Medvedev shows that he’s unquestionably the man to beat.
His chances of success have certainly been boosted by Stefanos Tsitsipas’ shock first round defeat, as the Greek sensation, who pushed Djokovic all the way at Roland Garros, came unstuck against American Frances Tiafoe.
While there’s still a long way to go and many elite players left in the tournament, it’s going to take a special effort to stop Djokovic claiming his 20th Grand Slam title.
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