Novak Djokovic: 'In the last 18 months that hasn’t been the case'



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Novak Djokovic: 'In the last 18 months that hasn’t been the case'

Waiting for more convincing evidence, Novak Djokovic just wins against Kevin Anderson. Player capable of recovering two sets behind Roger Federer in 2018 and even reaching the final. Precisely in the remake of the game, the world number one - who does not concede break points and who manages the matter from the baseline in a practically perfect way - goes to the third round on the meadows of Church Road for the fifteenth time in his career thanks to a solid triple 6-3.

Under absolutely normal conditions, the winner of the match between Denis Kudla and Andreas Seppi shouldn't be a problem either. After a rather lengthy study phase, the Serbian champion himself - forced to take advantage only once - condensed the vast majority of attention at 4-3.

Accomplice of a double fault by Anderson, who also tries to make small better tactics not to grant break points, the defending champion builds an 8-0 partial and closes the first fraction without particular difficulties. Anderson clings almost desperately to the first serve: It goes without saying that, in the second, he needs to nullify a break point in the first game and the advantages in the third game.

The feeling is that Djokovic steps the bare minimum on the accelerator pedal. Needless to say, the Serbian who makes a ctrl + v of the first set and with a turn of service in the seventh game (which also sits at the foot of the second mini-goal) practically mortgages the victory.

The third set is an absolutely necessary accompaniment: Djokovic, a breakthrough fan in game number eight, succeeds at the first useful opportunity. In other games, in the continuation of the challenge with "El Topo" Londero, Gianluca Mager retains the advantage accumulated in matchday 2 and closes at 7-6, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 thanks to a single break in the eighth game.

The Italian will be seen in the second round with the winner of the match between Ugo Humbert and Nick Kyrgios.

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Novak Djokovic was pleased with his overall performance, which took him an hour and 41 minutes to get a win.

Djokovic examined Anderson’s game after the win, as he provided an insight into his thought process. “I knew that Kevin was going to serve big and I was not going to have too many chances to break his serve. So I might as well try to play solid but not too risky.

I’ve done much better than I thought I would do,” said Djokovic. He jokingly said he has a special connection with the grass and the fans. Maybe that helped him for his fourth win over Anderson. “We are used to playing in front of crowds but in the last 18 months that hasn’t been the case and I’m just super happy to see all of you guys on the court.

It’s wonderful, thank you so much. Also I seem to be having a really nice connection with the grass. I don’t recall falling this much in the first two matches of Wimbledon but yeah I did have a connection with the crowd and the grass today, it’s very nice,” said Djokovic in his post match interview to BBC.

“I believe in myself but I mean it was really almost flawless performance today, very, very pleased,” said an elated Djokovic after the game.