World No. 1 Novak Djokovic admitted he was nervous coming into the match versus Kevin Anderson because he has a Greta respect for the former world No. 5. On Wednesday, Djokovic handed a 6-3 6-3 6-3 loss to Anderson to progress into the Wimbledon third round.
In the 2018 Wimbledon final, Djokovic handed a straight-set defeat to Anderson. "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, per the ATP website.
"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 slipped on the grass a couple of times
"A few falls more than I would like. I don’t think it’s about courts, it was raining, before under the roof it’s more slippery. I haven’t played on grass for 2 years and I am coming from clay, so I am adapting to surface.
As Wimbledon progresses, I’ll fall less," Djokovic said, per Sasa Ozmo. Also, Djokovic made an interesting comment. "I try to learn from the 2016 experience. I felt a bit deflated and… I don’t want to say demotivated, but different, it was the first time I felt like that. I am wiser and more experienced, but it’s only 3R, long ways to go," Djokovic revealed.