Relegated to the Court No.1 to make room for home favorites Daniel Evans and Andy Murray, the world number 1 Novak Djokovic did not shine today against Denis Kudla in the 3rd round of Wimbledon 2021.
The 19-time Grand Slam champion, victim of numerous empty passes during the match, managed the practice with the score of 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7) in two hours and 16 minutes of play.
The 34-yeasr-old from Belgrade has therefore qualified for the round of 16 at Wimbledon, where he will face off against Cristian Garin. The Chilean reached the second week of the Championships for the first time in his career, settling the surprise Pedro Martinez (executioner of Stefano Travaglia on his debut) in four sets. Djokovic and Garin have already met during the 2020 ATP Cup, when Nole won with a double 6-3 in the group stage.
“If Novak Djokovic wants to achieve the Grand Slam, he will have to face himself first of all,” said Paul Annacone on the eve of Wimbledon. There is no doubt that the Serbian star is the strongest around, as well as being facilitated by the difficulties of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, but managing such pressure is not an easy task for him either.
You throw everything at him, and it just comes back with interest…@DjokerNole advances to the fourth round with a 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(7) win against Denis Kudla#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/lTy0irlrUe
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 2, 2021