Novak Djokovic made a strong start in his first match against Andrey Golubev beating him 6-0, 6-1, 6-4 on Monday in 87 minutes.
Djokovic was too good in every department. His movement was slick – at one stage in the first set, he slipped midcourt while chasing a short ball only to recover and win the point – and his ball-striking showed little signs of rust. Golubev had no answer to the Serbian’s serve, failing to bring up a single break point.
Nole said: “It was a great start,”. “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.”
About his next match vs Stepanek: “This win against Andy in Queen’s must have given him a lot of confidence coming into Wimbledon,”. “I always thought that his game is very good for this surface because he has a touch, he anticipates well, he comes to the net. He’s one of the very few serve-and-volley players nowadays, has this flat forehand. Very good game for this surface.”
“He deserved to win because in the important moments he was the better player,” Djokovic said of Murray’s 2013 triumph. “Yes, I haven’t played the way I wanted to play or maybe the way I played throughout the tournament. But, you know, he rose up to the occasion. For him it was his second Wimbledon final, so many expectations, pressure to be the first British man to win a Wimbledon title after many years. He was the more stable player and he deserved to win.”
“Last year’s semi-final took maybe even more emotionally out of me,” Djokovic admitted. “This year, again, it was a disappointing loss. Got a bit closer. But tennis requires a player to just recover and come back to the court very quickly in a matter of a week or two, so you don’t have much time to think about what’s happened.”