World No.1 Novak Djokovic reminded everyone why is the best player in the world currently, as he thrashed 17th seed Cristian Garin in the fourth round of Wimbledon 2021. Djokovic defeated Garin in straight sets 6-2,6-4,6-2 to reach his 12th Wimbledon and 50th grand slam quarterfinal.
Djokovic was on the money right from the start. He served in the right places and had no restriction in his movement. On the other hand, Garin looked very nervous as he was playing on the centre court for the first time. He looked intimidated by the atmosphere around him and was making too many mistakes in the opening set. Before he could process anything, Djokovic had a double break’s lead and ran away with the set 6-2.
But Garin finally settled his nerves in the second set. He was moving well and was building up rallies. Djokovic had answers for Garin’s shots but at times was outplayed by the Chilean. He managed to hold serve but a bad service game in the end handed the lead to Djokovic as the Sern took the second set 6-4.
Djokovic had all the momentum he needed and Garin didn’t have the arsenal to break it. Djokovic was in full swing and was hitting winners left, right and centre, Eventually he wrapped up the third set 6-2.
‘It gave me wings,’ Djokovic reflects on his French Open triumph
In the in court interview, Djokovic addressed the crowd upfront. “I am very delighted. Am also delighted to see more fans on the centre court today. Thank you for coming. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.”
He then spoke about the importance of centre court and how lucky he has been to play most of his matches here. “It always has been a dream to come here and play. Probably the most sacred court that we have in our sport. Coming into this court obviously gives you more goosebumps than probably any other court in the world. I was very fortunate throughout my career to play quite a lot on centre court. I can recall that this court has given me butterflies, nervousness than any other court in provoking a player.”
Djokovic then joked that he hopes it rains and the opponent he has to play in the quarters gets his match delayed. “Wonderful! I hope it rains and they continue tomorrow.. no, no, am sorry, no rain!” Djokovic joked.
He then spoke about his current confidence level. “Confidence level is very very high after winning the French Open, that was probably one of the biggest wins under those kind of circumstances that I played in particularly in the second week. Two 5-setters, two 4-setters. It took a lot out of me but at the same time, it gave me wings, it gave me the confidence boost that I needed for Wimbledon. Energy level is pretty good. This is the quickest surface in tennis so coming of clay takes a little bit of time to adapt and adjust your game. So the further the tournament goes, I feel like the more comfortable I get.”