Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic was super thrilled with his serving performance against wildcard Jack Draper. Djokovic, seeded at No. 1, lost the oepning set but recovered to beat Draper in four sets 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-2 and reach the Wimbledon second round.
Djokovic dropped his service game in the third game as Draper served out for the opener in the 10th game. After losing opener, Djokovic quickly bounced back as he broke Draper twice in the second set to level the match at one set apiece.
Djokovic also claimed two breaks in each of the last two sets to complete a comeback win. “I think I probably had one of the best serving performances that I can recall on any surface,” Djokovic said. “I could not be more pleased with the rhythm of my serve.
On grass, the quickest surface in our sport, it helps a lot getting a lot of free points on that first serve”. After a shaky first set, Djokovic regrouped and dominated the rest of the match. “[It] was a very good performance.
I'm pleased with the second, third and fourth sets, the way I played from the back of the court. I started returning better as well midway [through the] second set,” Djokovic said. “All in all, I'm satisfied”.
Djokovic praised Draper
“I thought he was playing well. He was fighting. Obviously for him, [it was] a unique occasion playing for the first time on Wimbledon's Centre Court. He has done well,” Djokovic said.
“[I] had break chances in the first set to come back into the [first set]. He came up with some good serves. I was kind of slipping a few times on those break points, still finding my footing on the grass, [which] was quite slippery, quite moist.
It was probably because of the roof”. The local crowd was supporting Draper but Djokovic also enjoyed the atmosphere. “He had a crowd behind him. [It] was a really nice atmosphere. I think he's got an all-around game, really.
A very good flat backhand, also a good forehand,” Djokovic said. “Maybe his movement could improve, I think. Probably can and should move a bit better. But he's still young, there's always room for improvement. He's got a very good base, I would say”. Djokovic won the previous Wimbledon edition, which was held in 2019.