Djokovic overcomes Wimbledon scare to get document pursuit off to successful begin

Novak Djokovic Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic Wimbledon

Photograph from Wimbledon Twitter

Defending champion Novak Djokovic overcame an early scare to achieve the Wimbledon second spherical on Monday with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win over Britain’s 253rd-ranked Jack Draper.

World primary Djokovic is chasing a sixth Wimbledon title and twentieth main and is midway to changing into simply the third man in historical past to finish a calendar Grand Slam.

It’s a feat so uncommon that Rod Laver was the final man to attain the sweep again in 1969.

Nonetheless, as Wimbledon returned after its 2020 cancellation because of the pandemic, the 34-year-old struggled on the slippery Centre Court docket floor with the roof closed above it because of rain.

Left-handed Draper, taking part in simply his fifth match on the primary tour, saved seven of seven break factors within the opener as he surprised the highest seed.

However Djokovic quickly snuffed out any hazard of him changing into solely the third defending champion to lose within the first spherical, by sweeping by the rest of the tie.

He completed with a powerful 25 aces and 47 winners as his 19-year-old opponent wilted.

Djokovic will face both former runner-up Kevin Anderson or Chilean qualifier Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera for a spot within the final 32.

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