“Really Nice Connection With Grass”: Novak Djokovic Taunts Wimbledon Championships 2021 Surface After R2 Victory

Published 06/30/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his first round match against Britain’s Jack Draper REUTERS/Paul Childs


Tournament favorite and number one seed, Novak Djokovic has not disappointed the fans at Wimbledon this year. After a comfortable first round win, Djokovic had brushed past South African player, Kevin Anderson.

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The trend of upsets this year has created a sense of fear amongst the top ranked players. However, Djokovic has provided a sense of calm and ease with his dominating performance. The Serb made a comeback against Jack Draper of Great Britain in his first round game. However, the second round game was a cakewalk for him, as a fired up Djokovic won the match 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his first round match against Britain’s Jack Draper Pool via REUTERS/Simon Bruty

Novak Djokovic showing his class at Wimbledon Championships 2021

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Novak Djokovic has shown his worth and the reason he is the number one ranked player in the world. Even though Anderson got more aces than the Serb, Djokovic left no corner untouched when it came to showing dominance.

The Serb won four out of eight break points and was ahead of the South African in winning points on service. He won 84% points on his first serve, and 73% points on his second serve. The crowd got their ticket’s worth, as the Serb even showed hints of irritation when he lost points.

The World No.1 was pleased with his overall performance, which took him an hour and 41 minutes to get a win. Djokovic examined Anderson’s game after the win, as he provided an insight into his thought process.

I knew that Kevin was going to serve big and I was not going to have too many chances to break his serve. So I might as well try to play solid but not too risky. I’ve done much better than I thought I would do,” said Djokovic.

A fourth straight win for Djokovic over Anderson and a second successive day of slipping

With this win, Djokovic beat Anderson for the fourth time at SW19. The previous three times were in 2011, 2015 and 2018. However, the win wasn’t without its instances of gasps. Djoker was seen falling and slipping on the grass yet again, however, he was at full stretch while returning the fast serves.

He jokingly said he has a special connection with the grass and the fans. Maybe that helped him for his fourth win over Anderson.

We are used to playing in front of crowds but in the last 18 months that hasn’t been the case and I’m just super happy to see all of you guys on the court. It’s wonderful, thank you so much. Also I seem to be having a really nice connection with the grass. I don’t recall falling this much in the first two matches of Wimbledon but yeah I did have a connection with the crowd and the grass today, it’s very nice,” said Djokovic in his post match interview to BBC.

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Djokovic, known for his humor, showed his wit during the post match on court interview.

I believe in myself but I mean it was really almost flawless performance today, very, very pleased,” said an elated Djokovic after the game.

Djokovic has shown his dominance at SW19, winning a game against Draper yesterday in 46 seconds. Today, he showed how hungry he was to wrap the match up quickly. Fast returns, aces, drop shots and the slippery feet were all a part of the Serb’s victory. He will now return for his third-round match on Friday.

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