Novak Djokovic continues his Wimbledon title defence on Centre Court on Wednesday when he takes on the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. The World No.1 will be glad to be playing under the roof with rain hitting the tournament Tuesday and also a strong possibility on Wednesday.
Djokovic looked to be cruising on Monday when he won the first 9 games against James Ward but the home favourite showed some fight in earning a second set tie break but would ultimately fall to a straight sets defeat 6-0 7-6 6-4.
The Centre Court faithful could have been treated to a fourth match between a top 3 seed and Brit in the first three days, alongside Federer-Willis, Murray-Broady and Ward-Djokovic, had Kyle Edmund earned a slightly surprising win over Adrian Mannarino but it was not to be, with the young Brit never really in the match as he fell to a 6-2 7-5 6-4 loss.
Djokovic notably goes without playing an official grass warmup tournament but it’s not something that seems to bother the Serbian too much.
“It hasn’t been an issue, you know, three times so far in the last five years. I don’t see any issue now.
I had plenty of time to practice, get some match play during the practice sessions, a lot of points with different players.” Djokovic said.
It will be the first time these two players meet and it seems unlikely that there will be any other outcome than an easy Djokovic win.
Prediction – Djokovic in straight sets