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Wimbledon | A ‘solid’ performance from Djokovic

Wimbledon | A ‘solid’ performance from Djokovic

NOVAK Djokovic, a three-time champion, made a successful return to Wimbledon as he overcame American Tennys Sandgren 6-3 6-1 6-2 with a “solid” performance.

Djokovic’s previous visit saw him retire in the last-eight with elbow trouble which has proved problematic for the former world No.1.

I thought it was overall quite a solid match. I don't think Tennys has played a great match. I think he made a lot of errors. Novak Djokovic

He altered his service action following an operation at the start of a difficult year.

But the Serb has shown signs of a return to form in this grass court season, making the Queen’s final.

And it was soon clear Australian Open quarter-finalist Sandgren would be unable to provide strong opposition.

The crowd became distracted when one punter shouted out ‘C’mon England’ as Gareth Southgate’s football team kicked off its ultimately successful bid to reach the World Cup quarter-finals against Columbia in Russia.

But Djokovic remained focused.

He said: “I thought it was overall quite a solid match. I don’t think Tennys has played a great match. I think he made a lot of errors. Just the third set, a couple games he changed up the tactics pretty well. I don’t think he was at his best.

“At the same time, I made him play a lot on his service games. I thought I served accurately. Quite swirly conditions. Difficult to play. First match at Wimbledon. You always want to start off well. I’ve never played him before, so it took a little bit of time to kind of get used to his pace and rhythm.” She still shrieks forcing spectators to look for ear defenders if not actually leave the court!
But she did acknowledge that her 27-year-old opponent proved to be more determined. “She played all-or-nothing. She swung away. She played extremely aggressive. I was playing a little bit too defensively for what I should have been doing. She was there to win it, and she did.”

About The Author

Mike Donovan

Mike Donovan is a journalist and author who has covered tennis for more than 20 years. He was tennis correspondent on Today, the first all-electronic, all-colour newspaper, and contributed to the official Wimbledon website. He has scribed for most national dailies and magazines on the sport of the fuzzy green ball, as the late Bud Collins used to describe tennis. Mike has twice won British Sports Writer of the Year awards. He is the author of a variety of football books and has one coming out on Pitch Publishing in September called ‘Glory Glory Lane’, about the 118-year history of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

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