Sunday, 21 October, 2018


Djokovic hits back to take out home hope Edmund

Edmund had only won once in his previous five Wimbledon appearances Edmund had only won once in his previous five Wimbledon appearances
Noah Ferguson | 12 July, 2018, 00:34

"I have wonderful memories of Centre Court and Court one and I'm looking forward to competing some more". "I think the way I played the tie-break was the difference".

Djokovic did not blame Edmund for the incident.

The Wimbledon crowd wasn't on Novak Djokovic's side when up against Brit Kyle Edmund.

Djokovic was furious when he was denied a break of serve in the seventh game of the fourth set on Centre Court when the ball bounced twice before Edmund hit what was ruled a victor.

Edmund ended up holding serve, but Djokovic broke at his next opportunity to make sure there will be no British players in the second week of the tournament.

However, that win was on the clay and over three sets - this match proved a different proposition as Djokovic showed he remains one of the biggest threats in the draw. I played him in the Olympic Games.

Although the Australian fended off a match point, he was unable to save the second, with Nadal approached the net playing a backhand volley to seal the win.

Djokovic saw chances go begging in the opener, but stepped things up in set two and deservedly levelled after repeatedly putting pressure on the Edmund serve. He responded by blowing kisses into the stands.

There were those within British tennis who had reservations about Edmund working with two coaches but the yin and yang of calm Englishman Mark Hilton and ebullient Swede Fredrik Rosengren appears to be a flawless fit.

"I thought the crowd's reaction after that [time violation] was quite unnecessary". But at times they were slightly unfair to me.

"Those are the things obviously that people don't get to see or hear on the TV. I've said from the beginning this guy is remarkable and he just has to get comfortable with himself out there". That's what I didn't like.

Good sports in the end: Kyle Edmund and Novak Djokovic shake hands at the end of their feisty Wimbledon match.

Edmund was forced into a few early battles on his serve in the second set and the breakthrough seemed nearly inevitable.

Wimbledon hot shots day six.

A three-time champion at SW19, Djokovic is seeded 12th on this occasion, with the Serbian still seeking a return to his very best form after significant injury troubles.

Djokovic who has faced Andy Murray on numerous occasions, including the Wimbledon final in 2013, said he had never encountered such an atmosphere from a British crowd. He is now scheduled to return to action on clay at the Croatia Open, where the tournament director is his agent Lawrence Frankopan, in a week's time before heading across the Atlantic for the North American hard-court swing culminating in the US Open.

"It will help him next time he steps on the centre court anywhere in the world playing the big names".

"I expected them to support Kyle, obviously", Edmund said in his post-match press conference.

He added: "I deservedly got a time violation".

"You go from being a little kid dreaming of it, then when it becomes reality, sometimes it can be a bit surreal".

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