•   
  •   

Sport Djokovic makes a big statement in small arena

22:31  05 july  2018
22:31  05 july  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Djokovic races past Sandgren in Wimbledon opener

  Djokovic races past Sandgren in Wimbledon opener Novak Djokovic did his best to finish off his first-round match at Wimbledon in time for Court One fans to head off to watch England's World Cup clash with Colombia on Tuesday. The Serbian just failed but a 6-3 6-1 6-2 defeat of American Tennys Sandgren was an impressive way to kick off his challenge for a fourth title at the All England Club.Djokovic, 31, is seeded 12th here -- his lowest Wimbledon seeding -- but after a problematic 12 months since pulling out of last year's tournament with an elbow injury there are signs that the former world number one is coming back to form.

LONDON (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic might have needed a sat-nav to find his way to Court Two at Wimbledon but once he reached his outback destination it was all one-way traffic as he zoomed into round three with a 6-1 6-2 6-3 win over Horacio Zeballos on Thursday.

The last time Djokovic was serenaded by excited fans as he made his way from the locker room to an outside court at the All England Club was in 2009, when he played a fourth-round match against Dudi Sela on Court 3. Since then he has become accustomed to playing in the biggest arenas the sport

  Djokovic makes a big statement in small arena © AP Photo/Ben Curtis

Novak Djokovic might have needed a sat-nav to find his way to Court Two at Wimbledon but once he reached his outback destination it was all one-way traffic as he zoomed into round three with a 6-1 6-2 6-3 win over Horacio Zeballos on Thursday.

The last time Djokovic was serenaded by excited fans as he made his way from the locker room to an outside court at the All England Club was in 2009, when he played a fourth-round match against Dudi Sela on Court 3.

Since then he has become accustomed to playing in the biggest arenas the sport has to offer while amassing a Grand Slam trophy haul of 12 -- including three at Wimbledon -- and collecting more than $100 million in prize money.

Agassi open to return to 'high pressure' coaching role

  Agassi open to return to 'high pressure' coaching role Eight-times grand slam champion Andre Agassi is open to a return to coaching despite the challenges he faced in the role while guiding Serbia's Novak Djokovic last year.Agassi took on his first coaching role last May, when he joined Djokovic's team as head coach, but the duo split in March as the 12-time grand slam winner struggled to recover after undergoing elbow surgery.

The last time Djokovic was serenaded by excited fans as he made his way from the locker room to an outside court at the All England Club was in 2009, when he played a fourth-round match against Dudi Sela on Court 3. Since then he has become accustomed to playing in the biggest arenas the sport

The last time Djokovic was serenaded by excited fans as he made his way from the locker room to an outside court at the All England Club was in 2009, when he played a fourth-round match against Dudi Sela on Court 3. Since then he has become accustomed to playing in the biggest arenas the sport

While the audience numbers were more limited on Court Two compared with his usual playing fields of Centre and Court One, Djokovic made it a day to remember for the 4,000 fans who had crammed into the more intimate arena.

"I was enjoying it. I've never played on this new Court Two (which opened in 2009). I played on the old Court Two ... Yeah, long time ago," said a grinning Djokovic.

"What was different is the walk to the court. Obviously the crowd, everybody cheering you on, wishing you luck, (and) after the match congratulating you. That was quite special, quite different.

"I haven't experienced that in a while in Wimbledon," added the Serbian, who usually uses the club's private underground network of tunnels to navigate his way around the grounds.

Djokovic blasts 'whistling, coughing' Wimbledon crowd

  Djokovic blasts 'whistling, coughing' Wimbledon crowd Novak Djokovic blasted Wimbledon's Centre Court crowd on Saturday, claiming fans "whistled and coughed" as he prepared to serve, insisting he deserves better treatment. The three-time champion described the sometimes febrile atmosphere on the famed arena as similar to that of a Davis Cup tie as he downed home favourite Kyle Edmund 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.Djokovic was furious with the reaction of a section of the crowd after he had been given a time violation for bouncing the ball too often."I thought the crowd's reaction was quite unnecessary.

Send to a friend. Close. Djokovic makes a big statement in small arena .

The last time Djokovic was serenaded by excited fans as he made his way from the locker room to an outside court at the All England Club was in 2009, when he played a fourth-round match against Dudi Sela on Court 3. Since then he has become accustomed to playing in the biggest arenas the sport

Djokovic coasted towards his 60th win at Wimbledon by breaking his 126th-ranked Argentine opponent six times and fired down 15 aces.

The only cause for concern was when Djokovic suddenly started wincing while running along the baseline in the seventh game of the third set and called on the trainer to get his left thigh massaged.

That interruption only delayed the inevitable for Zeballos, who lost both games after the resumption to bow out.

Twelve months after Djokovic's 2017 season came to an abrupt end at Wimbledon, when he retired in the quarter-finals with an elbow injury, the Serbian served notice that he should be considered one of the title contenders despite being ranked only 21st in the world.

He has dropped only 12 games in two matches and appeared in top form on Thursday -- until the sight of a trainer massaging his thigh raised a few question marks.

Djokovic, however, was confident the "twitch" would sort itself out over the next 24 hours.

"It seems like it's nothing major. It's most likely a twitch in the muscle... that has affected the knee a little bit," he said.

"Hopefully it's nothing that will concern me."

The 12th seed will next take on either home hope Kyle Edmund or American Bradley Klahn. (Reporting by Pritha Sarkar, editing by Clare Lovell and Clare Fallon)

Another marathon: Djokovic thwarts furious Nadal rally at Wimbledon .
<p>Novak Djokovic held off Rafael Nadal in the fifth set of their Wimbledon semifinal, advancing to his first Grand Slam final since 2016.</p>Djokovic is bidding for a fourth championship at the All England Club and 13th Grand Slam title overall.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!