'Novak Djokovic just started off like a house on fire', says former ace



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'Novak Djokovic just started off like a house on fire', says former ace

Novak Djokovic joined Jannik Sinner in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. After struggling on his debut against Kwon, the seeding number 1 raised his level leaving the crumbs to his opponents. The Serbian champion is intent on winning his seventh title at Church Road, which would allow him to put his 21st Major on the board.

Nole finished two points behind Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings, after the Iberian won the Australian Open and Roland Garros. 2022, on the other hand, has not given the 'Djoker' any particular joys up to now.

The former world number 1 paid a heavy price for his choice not to vaccinate against the Coronavirus, not having been able to defend the title in Australia at the beginning of the year. As things currently stand, the 35-year-old from Belgrade could not fly to the United States to compete in the US Open.

An uncertainty that also concerns Novak's participation in the Australian Open 2023. In a recent interview, former Indian tennis player Vijay Amritraj analyzed Djokovic's chances of lifting the trophy next Sunday.

Amritraj opens up on Djokovic

"At this stage of the tournament, Novak Djokovic still looks the clear favourite," Amritraj said.

"It was a real privilege and honour to be seated in the royal box with my son Prakash and my brother Anand watching some great tennis. The man to watch on court was the champion himself, Djokovic, who just started off like a house on fire.

He was playing a fellow Serb and this is the interesting part, Djokovic played like it was his home court," Amritraj said. "He belonged there, this is where he won these championships before. He knows what it is to win and Kecmanovic, fellow Serb, it took him a whole set to even get started.

It was six club before he even knew it. Now Djokovic, from the moment the match started, he put his foot down on the pedal," Amritraj said. "He was incredible in his form in that first set, he was like a wall. When things got a little bit tricky in the second set, not in trouble but Djokovic pulled ahead as soon as he got that first break of serve at 3-4.

So, a very comfortable win for Novak Djokovic, I tell you." A number of controversies surrounded the Wimbledon Championships this year, both before and after the tournament. Before the tournament, the banning of Russian and Belarusian players garnered mixed reactions from fans and players. Then, many players pulled out of the prestigious event after ATP and WTA removed ranking points.