Novak Djokovic says not being one of the favourites heading into Wimbledon ‘releases a bit of pressure’ as the world no.4 won on his debut at Eastbourne on Wednesday.
Djokovic beat Canadian, Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-3 on centre court in what was a solid opening match for the Serbian as he looks to build up towards Wimbledon.
For many of the players it’s just about getting as much time on the grass as possible after the clay season, and although it wasn’t a perfect performance from Djokovic he done enough to get through to the next round.
Speaking after his win, Djokovic said: “I think the first thing I’m looking for is to experience that match play. Mentally, physically, tactically, every way you look at it.”
Pospisil was no easy opponent and the Canadian more than held his own with the three-time Wimbledon winner.Embed from Getty Images
But speaking about his first pre-Wimbledon warm-up win, Djokovic said: “I felt good on the court, considering it’s the first match.”
“I have played against an opponent that has a really good game for grass. Serves well, comes to the net, has a good variety. It was a really, really solid win. I’m happy with it,” added the 30-year-old.
Not being favourite suits Djokovic just fine this year
In previous years Djokovic was one of the favourites to lift the Wimbledon, but after the stuttering year Djokovic has had the Serbian is not considered an overwhelming favourite this time around.
“I was very fortunate and privileged to have so much success in the last eight, nine years, and kind of entered most of the tournaments as one of the biggest favourites to win it. So for a change it’s good to not be one of the top favourites,” said Djokovic.
Asked whether not being a favourite heading into Wimbledon will help him prepare better, the 30-year-old said: “It releases a bit of the pressure, but it’s always there, you still feel it.”
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