World No. 1 Novak Djokovic admitted that he was nervous going into the game against Kevin Anderson because he has a respect for the former world No. 5. On Wednesday, Djokovic beat Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 before advancing to the third round at Wimbledon.
In the 2018 Wimbledon final, Djokovic defeated Anderson in straight sets. "Obviously I have a high level of confidence after winning [Roland Garros]. But I was nervous going into this match because I was playing with a very good player, an experienced player, whom I faced in the final three years ago," Djokovic he said, according to the ATP website.
"He is a great server. He is a very dangerous opponent, especially in the first rounds. But I have done things on and off the court to feel focused, but at the same time calm, collected and clear with my game plan and what I want.
make. Obviously I did my homework, spoke to my coach, it worked well on the practice court. I think it's a combination of all these factors that makes you feel confident on the court and take the shots you want. A few more falls than I would like.
I don't think it's courts, it was raining, before under the roof it's more slippery. I haven't played grass for two years and I'm coming from clay so I'm adjusting to the surface. As Wimbledon progresses, I will fall less," said Djokovic, according to Sasa Ozmo.
Also, Djokovic made an interesting comment. "I try to learn from the experience of 2016. I felt a little discouraged and... I don't want to say unmotivated, but different, it was the first time that I felt like this. I am wiser and more experienced, but it is only 3R, a long way to go," revealed Djokovic.
Djokovic has been a dominant force this year
The Grand Slam events are the biggest sporting tournaments in the tennis world, and the Wimbledon Championships is the oldest Slam. Every tennis player dreams of winning the Grand Slam title through their efforts and hard work.
Novak Djokovic applies the same logic, and is extremely keen on winning more Grand Slam titles. “I look to peak in the biggest tournaments of our sport. I have said it before, at this stage of my career, Grand Slams are the one that matter the most, and of course 1000 events on the ATP tour.
I try to maintain the high position on the rankings, but since I reached the historic number one, the priority for me is to play well in Slams. Also Olympic games, this year being the Olympic year,” said Djokovic in his post match press conference.
It is expected of him to dominate the lower ranked players, especially since he is the defending champion here at SW19. “In terms of dominating, it is very relative you know, what domination means. For me its something else, and for someone else.
I don’t play as many tournaments as I have in the past years. I have different priorities, different focus, different goals. So that’s all I can say about the way I have been feeling right now and what I am aiming for in professional tennis,” said Djokovic.