Novak Djokovic‘s seeming processing to the final continues on Monday as he kicks off Centre Court on Manic Monday against Christian Garin. The Serbian is getting ever closer to a third straight slam and twentieth overall, which would see him equal with both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in a weeks time.
Christian Garin has done what you’d expect a top 20 seed to do with his draw, even if the Chilean is far more suited to clay courts currently. He toughed out two wins against qualifiers before winning in four against Pedro Martinez, a player who was taking part in his first main draw at Wimbledon.
Denis Kudla showed some of his trademark grit to hang with Djokovic for a good chunk of the match but class told in the key moments for the World No.1. He was down a break in the third set of the 6-4 6-3 7-6 win and also had to save set point to avoid an unneeded fourth set. The opening round saw Djokovic hit 25 aces but that hasn’t held up in recent rounds so Djokovic will be eager to improve on his most recent numbers, with six double faults in addition to eight aces.
“I don’t really count every record or number that is out there. I know it sounds like a cliché, but I really try to stay in the present moment and take one match at a time and go as far as I can against the youngsters.” Djokovic said afterwards. Garin seems unlikely to put up much of a challenge now he will face one of the best players in the world who has a grass pedigree. However, as youngsters go Andrey Rublev will be eager to have the opportunity to put on a Centre Court show should he also advance to the next round.
Prediction – Novak Djokovic in straight sets