Kevin Anderson knows how to play on grass, scoring some notable wins on the fastest surface and reaching the Wimbledon final. Still, the South African had to end this year’s Wimbledon journey in the second round, as the five-time champion Novak Djokovic sailed past him 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 40 minutes! Thus, world no. 1 will compete in the third round at the All England Club for the 15th time, failing to reach it only once and remaining on the title course, as by far the biggest favorite to lift the trophy on July 11. It was Novak’s 74th Wimbledon win from 84 matches, doing everything right on both serve and return to preserve energy ahead of more challenging rivals, if he ever faces any. Djokovic lost 15 points behind the initial shot, never facing a break point and wrapping up the encounter with 25 winners and only six unforced errors. Anderson needed his career-best tennis to follow that pace and force one or two tie breaks, something he couldn’t achieve today.
The South African gave away 44% of the points behind the initial shot, never feeling comfortable and getting broken four times to propel the 19-time Major winner through. Novak lost seven points in the opening three service games, falling a couple of times but avoiding injuries. Still, everything went well for him in his service games, waiting for a chance on the return patiently.
Novak Djokovic beat Kevin Anderson in three sets in the second round.
It came in the eighth game when he broke Kevin at love and wrapped up the opener a few minutes later with a perfect forehand down the line winner for 6-3 in 32 minutes. Djokovic barely lost a point on serve in set number two, and Anderson couldn’t match that pace and make it more interesting.
The Serb grabbed a break in the seventh game with a lob winner and placed a deep return under Kevin’s feet in game nine for another break and two sets to love advantage. Nothing changed in set number three, with Novak producing one comfortable hold after another to keep the pressure on the other side. A former finalist played well in the opening three service games before Djokovic placed a forehand crosscourt winner for a crucial break that sent him 5-3 in front. Serving for the victory, Novak held at 30 in game nine to seal the deal and celebrate another commanding triumph en route to the 20th Major crown.