Novak Djokovic started his 2nd consecutive title defense in style as he made a strong comeback in his 1st round match.
Djokovic was up against British teenager Jack Draper who shocked the world when he took the first set from the 19-time Grand Slam winner on the Centre Court. Novak came back strong in the next sets to win the match 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 and advance into the 2nd round.
As he does often, Djokovic took to twitter to thank his fans and put out his own tweet after winning the match against Draper. Djokovic’s fan club if often dubbed as the ‘NoleFam‘ and while variety of NoleFam’s celebrated their favourite player’s victory, one fan stood out from all and got special mention from the Serbian himself.
With Djokovic playing on Centre Court, a particular fan of Novak was spotted with a canvas in her hand of Djokovic’s photo from his 2012 Australian Open finals when he won the title against Rafael Nadal in what was the longest ever Grand Slam final lasting 5 hours and 53 minutes.
He later put out a cheeky tweet replying to a group of ‘NoleFam’ asking them if their guy won.
Novak Djokovic to play Kevin Anderson in the 2nd Round
Novak will now be taking on South African biggie Kevin Anderson in what will be their 12th meeting on the tour. This will be their 4th meeting at Wimbledon and a repeat of the 2018 Wimbledon finals when Djokovic clinched his 4th title at the All-England Club.
Djokovic will be looking forward for this clash as Anderson can be considered a lucky mascot for the Serbian who has won all 3 of his Wimbledon titles whenever he has faced Anderson during his run. In the 2011 Wimbledon which was their first Wimbledon meeting, the duo met in the 2nd round where Djokovic won in straight-sets enroute to his 1st Wimbledon title and 3rd Grand Slam.
They again met in the 4th round of the 2015 Wimbledon in what was a thrilling 5-setter where the Serbian made a comeback after dropping the first two sets and later went on to win his 9th Grand Slam and 3rd Wimbledon title as he defended his 2014 Wimbledon title. They last met at the 2018 Wimbledon finals where Djokovic won again lifting his 13th Grand Slam title.
It will interesting to see how things unfold as the duo prepare for another battle at the Wimbledon.