Novak Djokovic faces Thanasi Kokkinakis, Nick Kyrgios’ doubles companion, on Centre Court docket this afternoon to find out who will advance to the Wimbledon third spherical. Whereas it’s pretty run-of-the-mill stuff for the Serb, it’s uncharted territory for the latter who’s showing in spherical two for the primary time at SW19.
Djokovic is gunning for a seventh title at Wimbledon, and a twenty first Grand Slam that would go away him only one behind Rafael Nadal within the all-time charts. As such, he’s unlikely to be intimidated by Kokkinakis, who has by no means been ranked inside the boys’s high 50 regardless of a well-publicised doubles title alongside Kyrgios on the Australian Open earlier this 12 months.
Kokkinakis was spectacular within the first spherical, beating Kamil Majchrzak in straight units to arrange his date with the highest seed. Djokovic’s route was not so clean, dropping the second set in opposition to Kwon Quickly-woo earlier than romping to a four-sets victory.
As has grow to be par for the course with Djokovic, his Wimbledon marketing campaign shouldn’t be solely about issues on the court docket as questions on his Covid vaccine stance proceed to pour in. The Serb stays unmoved, nonetheless, and can shift consideration strictly in the direction of tennis issues on Wednesday afternoon.
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