The rain cripples the restart of the Championships, does not compromise Novak Djokovic's first catwalk. The defending champion - who traditionally inaugurates the program on Center Court - after a decidedly complicated first set with Jack Dripper (finalist in the junior draw in 2018) resolves the practice with a very rocky 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-2 and passes the cut of the first round for the sixteenth time in his career.
In conditions of total normality, the winner of the match between Barrios and Anderson in the second round should not represent an obstacle. In any case: to arrive at Wimbledon as champion of the Australian Open and Roland Garros was captured in 2016.
And it was Sam Querrey who shattered the Serbian's dreams in that case. In short: after an immaculate serving time, Djokovic recovers two fifteen of a disadvantage and faces 30-40 at the first useful opportunity. Draper, a herbivore for characteristics, remains immediately afloat thanks to the contribution of the serve, but above all he takes advantage of the indecisions of the Serbian champion - who loses his support in a handful of occasions - to put his head forward and to keep the serve in the following three cases.
For Djokovic, as per logic, the bare minimum is enough to restore the hierarchies. Draper - short of solutions from the baseline and obviously also with the serve available - practically has time to move the zero from the game box in the second set and to make the passive acceptable in the third.
The gap widens clearly in all game situations. Even without resorting to overtime with the response, the house shot, 'Nole' manages the situation perfectly and above all delivers the decisive push in the third game.
The rest is trivially a completely necessary side dish, with the English tennis player who allows himself the luxury of holding the bat in the seventh game with three winners. He steals the eye however the number twenty-four next to the ace row for the Serbian.
Newcombe talks about Novak Djokovic
Former Wimbledon champions John Newcombe and Pat Cash recently spoke at length on a variety of topics, including Novak Djokovic's grasscourt prowess, the GOAT debate and Roger Federer's role in transforming tennis.
Speaking to the Herald, Newcombe asserted that Djokovic will take sole ownership of the GOAT monikshould he win a sixth title at SW19 this year. “[If he wins Wimbledon again], he has to go down as the best of all time," Newcombe said.
"Novak is certainly heading in that direction. You can’t dispute the facts. He is winning those big matches. When he started out, we didn’t think grass would be Novak’s best surface. But he’s done a great job in the way he has developed his game - he’s almost equally as confident on all surfaces,” Newcombe said.
“Certainly on hardcourt and grass, he’s extremely hard to beat. And there’s only one guy that’s better than him on clay."