Novak” djokovic> defeated Sam Querrey in straight sets, 7-5 6-1. The Serbian player only struggled in the first set. Explaining the reasons behind it, the Belgrade native said: “To be honest, it wasn’t the fact that I’m the reigning champion, it wasn’t affecting so much neither positively or negatively, or didn’t feel any added pressure or anything like that.
It was just excitement to be back on the court competing, as it has been a while since the Wimbledon finals. But at the same time, I had the nervous start, because, I mean, I didn’t play a match for four weeks, I think.
So it took me a little bit of time to really adjust, to also hit big serve that was coming sometimes more than 135 miles an hour. I made three double faults in the opening game. Didn’t have the greatest of starts. So it was a tricky match, quality opponent, big challenge.
But I’m happy, you know, to be tested right away from the start and hopefully the next performance will be even better. It was quite a nervous start. I just didn’t feel the rhythm of the serve. Then you start overthinking, and it’s obviously not great being down a break and having one of the big servers on the tour against you.
But I just stayed calm as much as I could, and he played a sort of a bad game. I think when he was 3-2 up, he kind of handed me the break back. Once I was back in play, I started to feel more comfortable, had more looks on his serves, and after the first set I just felt big relief.”