Djokovic’s mission to slip through Anderson


London — Topseed Novak Djokovic started Wimbledon like a man on a mission. Not surprising given the history that Serbs are trying to create.

The 34-year-old described Kevin Anderson, two Grand Slam runners-up in the second round of 6–3 6–3 6–3, as “nearly perfect,” and no one on the center court objected.

His only slight problem was still putting his foot on the greasy grass, but his game was perfect awesome as it seemed like he could land each shot at 6p.

Djokovic made five unforced errors on a stunning display against South Africa, who also won the 2018 final.

Novak Djokovic in Serbia
Novak Djokovic of Serbia is shaking hands with Kevin Anderson of South Africa after winning the first round of the Wimbledon Championships in London, England on June 30, 2021. (TobyMelville / Reuters)

And he lost the first set of his first round match with inspiring British teenager Jack Draper, followed by a statement of ominous intent.

Not only is Djokovic chasing his sixth Wimbledon title and three consecutive titles, he is also able to set a men’s record for 20 Grand Slam titles by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

If that’s not enough, he’s in the middle of a calendar year sweep for all four majors Rod Laver last achieved in 1969, and adding the Tokyo Olympics to the mix could allow him to take part in the Golden Slam. There is.

Very simply, Djokovic should have been able to resolve the GOAT (best ever) debate by the end of the year.

But we were here before.

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In 2016, Djokovic also arrived in Wimbledon as a popular winner of the Australian and French Open titles that year to host all four slums at the same time.

Then in Wimbledon, he was stunned by American Sam Querrie in the third round.

Therefore, Djokovic will not slip his guards when playing American Denis Kudla on Friday.

Looking back on 2016, Djokovic said he felt a bit deflated after winning the first French Open.

“I’ll learn from that experience in 2016,” Djokovic said he bid to be the fifth man in history to win the first three Grand Slam tournaments of the season since Labor in 1969. I told the group.

“I think I’m probably a little smarter and a little more experienced this time, as a player and as a person. But there are only two tournament matches and there’s still a long way to go.”

Anderson played high-level tennis on the comeback trail after a knee injury, but Djokovic easily defeated the serve in each set, winning a clean cut.

“I did things on and off the court to make me feel focused, but at the same time calm down, calm down and made my game plan clear,” he said.

Only when he slipped, he saw all the ruffles and angryly glared at the lawn in question, but later he refused many players to criticize the fallen court.

“I hope I won’t fall as the tournament progresses,” he said. “But if the result wins the match, I can fall more.”

Martin Herrmann

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