Novak Djokovic did not deliver a great performance in his debut match at Wimbledon against Soonwoo Kwon. The winner of the last three editions has suffered more than expected against a player who had nothing to lose. In the end, the number 1 in seeding has imposed himself in four sets, but will have to level up to put his 21st Grand Slam on the board.
2022 has not given Nole particular satisfactions up to now, also thanks to her choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. In addition to not having been able to defend the title at the Australian Open, the Serbian phenomenon also suffered serious damage to his image.
The redemption did not arrive at Roland Garros, since his race was already interrupted in the quarters by the hand of a wild Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard has won the first two majors of the season, extending over Federer and Djokovic in the all-time ranking.
The 35-year-old from Belgrade will now deal with Thanasi Kokkinakis, who got rid of Kamil Majchrzak without too many problems. The Australian talent knows very well that he will need a feat on Wednesday.
Kokkinakis opens up on Djokovic
“Novak Djokovic, the thing that separates him is he moves so well, especially on the grass as well," said Kokkinakis.
"That’s, for me, the biggest challenge on grass. It feels like he slides out there, and he can cover sort of defensive balls on grass that not many people can." The 26-year-old added that Djokovic is akin to a 'brick wall'
He said about the 'fun' challenge: "I’m going to have to hit one, two, three, four, five, which almost normally would be winners against other players to just kind of have a chance of winning the point.
It’s going to be good fun out there and I’m going to swing free hopefully and play my game. He’s a brick wall, so you … have got to beat him. He’s not going to beat himself. So that’s going to be fun”.
After winning his first-round match in the Wimbledon Championship 2022, Djokovic addressed the media. Answering a question, the top seed player in the tournament said that he looks at his opponent’s stats before the match.
Also, he clarified that practice differs significantly from the actual match. “I look at the stats of my next opponent more than mine, for me it’s about the feeling, finding better rhythm. Matches can’t be compared to practice, nerves kick in,” he said.