Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic appeared before the media at a press conference to analyze his feelings after the victory achieved today against South African Kevin Anderson in the second round of Wimbledon 2021. "I said in the first press conference of the tournament that I am going to try to learn from the experience I had in 2016, when I managed to win the first two Grand Slams of the year and I came here feeling great.
Then I lost in the third round to a fantastic player like It is Querrey who performs very well on grass. That day I felt a little different, maybe a little deflated. I would not like to say unmotivated because playing at Wimbledon is always a dream for any player, but it is true that that day I felt a little different.
Now I am a totally different player, wiser and more experienced. Now I am in the third round and there is still a long way to go. I have had some crashes in the first and second games, maybe more than I would like. I don't think it's about the quality of the courts.
Obviously it has been raining these days. On the first day maybe the fact of being played in indoor affected by the issue of humidity. The grass in this condition becomes a bit slippery. I come here after playing on clay and the conditions are completely different.
As I progress in the tournament I will try to fall less, although I do not it matters to fall if the result is still victory (laughs)"
Djokovic's age will not be a factor at Wimbledon
Daniela Hantuchova believes Novak Djokovic can go on to win the Calendar Golden Slam this year.
The former Wimbledon quarterfinalist feels the Serb has been aided by Rafael Nadal's withdrawal from of a couple of events and Roger Federer's lack of form. "He’s absolutely a level above everyone else and it couldn’t have been tougher for him in Paris, beating Rafa and then being two sets down to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals, but he still found a way," Hantuchova said.
"Seeing him off the court and how he was, emotionally, I sense he’s in a really good place and arguably even fitter than when he was when he first came onto tour," she continued. "Even though he’s getting older, he has that much more experience on grass compared to his younger rivals, and that’s huge in helping him feel more confidence.
He’s mentally and physically in a different league compared to the field so I’m picking him for everything he plays the rest of the year!"