For the first time since 2012, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson will meet on the professional tour to determine who will advance to the quarter-final stage of the Wimbledon Championships. This is their sixth overall meeting on the pro circuit, as Djokovic leads the head-to-head series 4-1 and has not lost to the South African since 2008. He also holds a win against him at Wimbledon from his winning season in 2011.
As though he had never skipped a beat, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic advanced to the fourth round of the Championships following a straight sets win against Bernard Tomic. He defeated the Australian 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 with very little fuss overall, as he struck 38 winners in a total of one hour and 34 minutes to close out the affair.
“I managed to get a lot of returns back in play,” said Djokovic. “I think I executed tactically everything I intended before the match to move him around the court, mix up the pace, not really give him the same look. I think overall I played a really, really good match.”
Seeded 14th at this year’s event, Kevin Anderson defeated Leonardo Mayer on Saturday to advance to the fourth round of Wimbledon. He struck 51 winners, including 22 aces to close out the match 6-4, 7-6(6), 6-3 in two hours and 15 minutes.
“I think he is probably playing the tennis of his life,” said the Serb. “He’s reached the highest [Emirates ATP Ranking] now in his career. He keeps on going forward. I think he improved his movement and his game from the baseline. He always had a very good serve.”
This is their sixth overall meeting on the pro circuit, as Djokovic leads the head-to-head series 4-1 and has not lost to the South African since 2008. He also holds a win against him at Wimbledon from his winning season in 2011.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic in Straight Sets