Djokovic avoids shock as center court revives


London-defending champion Novak Djokovic overcomes early fears to fend off British teenager Jack Draper, with Wimbledon missing for two years on Monday at 4–6 6–1 6–2 6–2 After that, I aimed to win the title for the sixth time.

Since Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in the 2019 final (716 days ago), the first match on the center court has been the classic David vs. Goliath material.

And while there wasn’t a fairytale Grand Slam debut for the 19-year-old Draper, the match proved to be the perfect way to revive the center court after a forced silence from a coronavirus pandemic. I did.

Along the 50% limit of attendance, only 7,500 fans were allowed to enter the center court, but when the drapers scored their first points, they made a big roar.

Djokovic has never lost a Grand Slam match against a player of the same rank as the world’s number 253 draper, but is a little stunned as he struggles to set foot on the greasy grass and contain Briton’s fearless blow. It was made.

British Jack Draper
British Jack Draper reacts after falling during the first round match against Serbian Novak Djokovic at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquette Club in London on June 28, 2021. (Paul Childs / Reuters)

Grand Slam’s main draw debut, Draper, ridiculed his inexperience as he defeated Serve in Game 3 and saved all the breakpoints he faced on his way to the Serbian opening set for the 65th major. did.

TWICE Djokovic noticed that he was behind him on the first set, and with the roof closed due to the rain that delayed play on the outside court, the stage looked perfect for the Wimbledon shock of monumental proportions. I did.

However, Djokovic was not the 19th Grand Slam champion, and the Serbs quickly drowned out the danger and dominated the 26-minute second set to level the match.

Hope for Djokovic to hand over Djokovic’s defeat in the first Grand Slam opening round since 2006 began to evaporate when he completely missed the overhead of dropping a serve early in the second set. I did.

From that point on, it was easy enough for Djokovic, who quickly returned to his old routine in his first competitive singles match on the grass since he saved matchpoints to defeat Federer two years ago. ..

“It’s great to meet everyone and return to the world’s most sacred tennis court,” he bid to win the record 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian and French Open this year. Djokovic said on the court.

“It was very sad that Wimbledon was canceled last year, but I’m really happy that the sport is back.”

He also vowed to cause problems with his illustrious enemies and had the kind words to say about the draper who remained faithful to his words in one shimmering set.

“He definitely deserves applause,” Djokovic said. “He was walking to the center court for the first time and carried himself very well and supported himself.”

Martin Herrmann

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