Under Changing Skies, Djokovic Rolls Into Third Round
A no-nonsense, straight-sets win was in order for Novak Djokovic after the defending champion didn't start his second-round match until 6:30 p.m. local time. The four-time champion obliged, routing American Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in 92 minutes to make the third round at Wimbledon for the 11th consecutive year.
Djokovic raced to a 5-0 lead before Kudla broke twice to gain a foothold in the match. But the Serbian didn't let up again, holding the remainder of the second-round encounter behind 37 winners.
“Consistency was one of the keys and focus points of my Grand Slam career going back 10 years. I always aim to play my best in Grand Slams. The quality of tennis that I produce in the Slams is pretty high. That's what allows me to have the results like this,” Djokovic said.
“That's the only explanation I can think of. I don't think there is anything particular about Wimbledon or any other Slam. It's just that I try to really prepare myself and aim to peak at the Slams, whatever the surface is. These are the major events of our sport.”
The top seed will next meet Poland's Hubert Hurkacz for the second consecutive Grand Slam. The 22-year-old Hurkacz, a qualifier at last year's Next Gen ATP Finals, beat Argentina's Leonardo Mayer 6-7(4), 6-1, 7-6(7), 6-3 to make the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.
Djokovic and Hurkacz met in the first round of Roland Garros, a straight-sets win for the World No. 1. “He doesn't have anything to lose,” Djokovic said of Hurkacz.