June 22, 2017

Novak Djokovic Dominates in Opening Round Victory at Wimbledon


(June 23, 2014) WIMBLEDON – Top seed Novak Djokovic, who lost to Andy Murray in last year’s Wimbledon final, put on a clinic on Centre Court in dismissing Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan 6-0, 6-1, 6-4 in less than 90 minutes. The Serbian won the first 11 games of the match.

“Was a great start,” Djokovic said.  “Obviously first official match on a grass court season this year.  Coming into Wimbledon with no official matches, it always gives you an extra reason to get that commitment and focus from the start and try to play as best as you can.

“So that’s what I did.  Very, very pleased with my performance overall today.”

“You know, in the third, credit to him coming back, playing some good points.  But generally it was the match that I had control over, and just happy with the performance.”

For the No. 56 Golubev, it was his 10th straight loss on a grass court.

“Centre Court in Wimbledon is the most special center court we have in sport,” sad the world No. 2 and 2011 champion.  “You cannot not notice and just feel the present moment and the experience of being out there.  You can feel the history and you can feel the tradition.

“That’s something that is always present and obviously a feeling for a player.”

Rain came late in the day at Wimbledon forcing the suspension of seven matches including Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 14th seed who was about to serve for the match at 5-4 in the fifth set.