Wimbledon

Tsitsipas falls from the top, Djokovic trots



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Wimbledon has been waiting for its champions for two years: on Monday, big favorite Novak Djokovic lost a set before the already deadly first-round opening for Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The grass court Major got off to a bad start for the French clan as Fiona Ferro hurriedly eliminated 2017 winner Garbine Muguruza 6-0, 6-1 at 49 minutes.

Right after his unforgettable finale at Roland-Garros two weeks ago, we thought Tsitsipas would shine at Wimbledon. But on this very wet first day, America’s Frances Tiafoe (57th) was skipped by 6-4, 6-4, 6-3. “The transition from clay to grass is, I think, the most complicated one,” Greek explained. I just couldn’t fit in.” At age 22, the Major, who reached 16 in 2018, failed a third time in four rounds in round 1 on turf.

“I was clean from start to finish,” Tiafoe rejoiced. That’s how I play against the best in the world that I train with every day. In the second round he will face Canada’s Vasek Pospisil (65th) or Spain’s Roberto Carballes (100th).

The 23-year-old American had never beaten a top 5 player in his previous eleven attempts. “Really super good!” he launched in front of the very supportive Court N.1 public. “I’m still a long way from what I want to do,” warned the man who had failed to make it to the 3rd round at Wimbledon (2018) in three games so far. His best Grand Slam result to date remains the quarter-finals he reached in Australia in 2019.

Djokovic, who started the Center Court traditionally as the defending champion did, managed to clear Jack Draper (253rd and guest) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.

The 19-year-old Briton played his score flawlessly from the start, but Djokovic had a hard time accepting it. And especially to find his support, with the two slides that saw him finish off on his back. Before leaving court, he said, “I’ll work on my moves and skim less because it obviously doesn’t work.”

Draper will be able to say he got a set from the world No. 1 and doubles champion in front of a loud cheering spectator on Wimbledon’s center court. For the rest, he won’t have much to add as the 252 ATP places separating the two players become dazzling after the Briton’s enthusiasm wears off and they enter the Serbian match.

Draper had a few great shots, and was applauded by Djokovic, but the iron fist of the tournament’s five-time winner suddenly clenched his prey, especially thanks to terrible efficiency on the serve. In the third set, he did not lose a single point! “I’ve probably had one of my best serving performances on any surface,” he admitted. I’ve been told I beat my record of 25 aces in four sets.

Indeed, the statistics speak for themselves: in addition to 25 aces (for 4 for his opponent), Djoko only made double mistakes (6 for Draper), conceded only three breaking points and did not lose just one, he made 47 winning and 24 non-essential mistakes (Draper against 26 and 27).

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