Novak Djokovic isn’t a big serving giant like John Isner and Ivo Karlovic. He is not known for thunderous serves, still he achieved a unique record yesterday after winning his first round encounter at the Wimbledon Championships 2021.
Though Djokovic looked rusty and even dropped the opening set before setting in and defeating British teenager Jack Draper 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2, the 34-year old Serb blasted a whopping 25 aces. It included a game where Djokovic hit 4 consecutive aces and finished it in just 46 seconds! That was the fifth instance of the 19-time Grand Slam champion hitting 20 or more aces. Let us look at the other four instances where the tennis icon has breathed fire from his racquet.
4 Earlier Occasions where Djokovic has smashed 20 or more Aces
The first occasion came against Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinal of the Wimbledon 2013. Djokovic blasted 22 aces to edge past Del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 in that match.
The second instance took place in yet another semifinal of the Wimbledon 2018 against Rafael Nadal. In arguably one of the best matches on the grass court, Djokovic hit a mammoth 23 aces to tame Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 10-8 in an edge-of-a-seat thriller.
The third occasion came this year at the Australian Open where Djokovic smashed his all-time high 26 aces enroute to a 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 win over Frances Tiafoe in the second round.
The fourth one came at the same tournament when Djokovic smashed 23 aces to outclass Alexander Zverev 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 in the quarterfinal.
This proves that there are virtually no weaknesses in Djokovic’s game. He is by obvious means one of the greatest ever to step on the tennis court, if not the greatest!