Defending champion Novak Djokovic cruised into the second round of Wimbledon 2021 after a fightback victory over host Jack Draper on the centre court.
No.1 seed Serbian took two-hour to overcome the British wildcard entrant in the four sets(4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2) on the turf surface. Significantly, the five-time Wimbledon champion landed 25 aces and won 87% first-serve points during his opening round match in SW19.
“It feels great seeing everyone and being back on probably the most special, the most sacred tennis court in the world,” the 19-time Grand Slam winner said after the match.
Last year, all grass court tournaments called off due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Most notably, Wimbledon was cancelled for the first time since world war II.
Djokovic further added, “Obviously, alongside many other players, I was very sad last year that Wimbledon was cancelled. (It was) very difficult times for everyone, but I’m really glad that the sport is back and hope you guys have enjoyed it and you will enjoy it in the next couple of weeks.”
“I Don’t Recall Falling This Many Times on The Court”, says Novak Djokovic
Talking about his footwork struggles in the post-match interview, World No.1 explained, “To be honest, I don’t recall falling this many times on the court. (It was) obviously, a huge honour to walk onto this court, for me, at least the most special court. I always dreamed of playing at Wimbledon and winning Wimbledon one day when I was a kid growing up in Serbia.”
In addition, Novak Djokovic will face South African Kevin Anderson or Chilean qualifier Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera in the upcoming encounter. The 34-year-old from Belgrade leads Kevin Anderson 9-2 in their head-to-head series, including 3-0 on the grass surface.