Somder Devvarman recalls his lone meeting versus Novak Djokovic

Former Indian tennis player Somdev Devvarman recalled his lone meeting against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. 

Back in 2013, Devvarman became the first Indian player to play now 20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic. 

In the first round of the 2013 Miami Masters, Devvarman beat Evgeny Donskoy to set up a second round meeting against Djokovic. 

In his first and lone clash against Djokovic, Devvarman stood no chance as the Serb won 6-2 6-4. 

“I was at a delicate point in my career. But the truth is it wouldn’t have mattered. Regardless of how tired I was, how fresh I was. Novak was playing a completely different level,” Devvarman told Moneycontrol over phone from Chennai.

Devvarman was impressed by Djokovic’s serve

“His serve was a lot better than I had expected,” Devvarman said, echoing the words of Jack Draper, Djokovic’s first round opponent at this year’s Wimbledon, where he collected his 20th major on Sunday. “Going into the match, we [Devvarman and his coach] talked a lot about his return game, how good he was from the corners, how well he counterpunched. But one of those things that really stood out to me when I was on the other side of the net was how effectively he served.”

Djokovic’s flexibility was also one of the things that impressed Devvarman. 

“There are plenty of times when he looks like he is not gonna get there [to the ball], or get there but give you something you can attack,” he said. “But from the corners, from out of position, he’d find a way to stay on balance and find a way to hurt you, not just put the ball back in. That ability of his is the best I have seen from any player to ever play the game.”

On Sunday, Djokovic beat Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon final to lift his sixth title at The Championships.