World No. 1 Novak Djokovic admitted he felt nervous before his Wimbledon clash versus Kevin Anderson. Djokovic, seeded at No. 1, handed Anderson a 6-3 6-3 6-3 loss to progress into the Wimbledon third round. "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," Djokovic said. "He's a big server. He's 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 did my homework, talked with my coach, worked well on the practice court.
"I think it's a combination of all these factors that make you feel confident on the court and to execute the shots that you want."
Djokovic routinely handled Anderson
Djokovic claimed the first break of the match in the eighth game and served out for the opener in the following game.
Anderson led 3-2 after the opening give games of the second set but then suffered back-to-back breaks as Djokovic took a two-set lead. In the third set, Djokovic broke Anderson in the eighth game and served out for the match in the following game.
Meanwhile, seventh-seeded Matteo Berrettini beat Guido Pella 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-0. “[My level of confidence was] definitely something that helped me today when things got a little bit complicated,” said Berrettini.
“Sometimes you win also with the confidence that you feel in yourself. Today, especially in the third set, I used that as a weapon to overtake him. “I know that I have the level [to go far]. I have the weapons. Also, the mental mindset to get there.
But every match is a fight, every match is really difficult. I have to go step-by-step now”. Also, former world No. 4 Kei Nishikori handed a 6-4 6-4 6-4 loss to Alexei Popyrin. "I started really well. I think it the first set I was a little bit shaky, but in the second and third sets, I played really good solid points," Nishikori said.
"I served well and I think the return was key. I broke one game in each set, so I am really happy with how I played today."