Sport Djokovic races past Sandgren in Wimbledon opener

22:06  03 july  2018
22:06  03 july  2018 Source:

Djokovic plays down Wimbledon chances despite return to form

  Djokovic plays down Wimbledon chances despite return to form Novak Djokovic has come a long way since he reached a career low-point in Miami this year, but he still does not think he is a contender for a fourth Wimbledon title. The 31-year-old Serb appeared a tormented soul back in March when he lost to Frenchman Benoit Paire in the Miami Masters first round -- his third consecutive defeat.Wracked with doubts about his fitness after elbow surgery and suffering a chronic shortage of confidence, he said then it was "impossible" for him to play the kind of tennis that has won him 12 Grand Slam titles.

Serbia's top-ranked male tennis player Novak Djokovic was on Friday drawn to face American Tennys Sandgren in the opening round of Wimbledon , while Dusan Lajovic will take on first seed Roger Federer.

Federer eases through, while Sandgren ousts Thiem. South Korea’s Chung Hyeon (left) celebrates during his match against Novak Djokovic , who often looked frustrated during the match. He beat Federer on his way to his only slam final, at Wimbledon eight years ago – when he lost to Nadal

  Djokovic races past Sandgren in Wimbledon opener © REUTERS/Andrew Boyers 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.

He was clinical against the 57th-ranked Sandgren who was making his Wimbledon debut and who had played only one Tour match on grass prior to arriving in London.

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Racing . Novak Djokovic Wimbledon Draw: Tennys Sandgren is first up for the Serb. However, tennis legend John McEnroe fears his time out of the game may have had an impact on him mentally too.

Djokovic , who has made that same shot hundreds of times, could only watch and applaud as the ball flew past him. What may have surprised even Sandgren this past week has been his ability to rise to the level of his opponent.

When he moved a double break ahead in the third set the end seemed imminent but Sandgren rescued one break to delay the inevitable before Djokovic finished with a flourish.

He broke again for a 5-2 lead and served out to love for his 59th Wimbledon match win -- moving him level with John McEnroe in fifth place on the all-time list.

"It was windy and it was one of those days you want to start well and get that first set under your belt and start to feel more comfortable," 12-times Grand Slam champion Djokovic said.

"I didn't want to give him an opportunity to come back to the match. I do feel good, it's quite refreshing and I'm looking forward to see how I progress in this tournament." (Reporting by Martyn Herman; editing by Clare Fallon)

Djokovic back in the Wimbledon semis for eighth time .
Three times champion Novak Djokovic won through to the Wimbledon semi-finals for the eighth time on Wednesday, and his first since 2015, with a 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 defeat of Japan's Kei Nishikori.The 12th-seeded Serb was warned by umpire Carlos Ramos for bouncing his racquet off the baseline early in the second set, with words exchanged at the change of ends as his frustration began to show.

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