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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic opted for a relentless onslaught from the very start of his opening encounter at Wimbledon on Monday and he did not stop until he mustered a straight sets victory over former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero. After his four sets drubbing at Roland Garros, this was just the kind of start Djokovic would have wanted and as he has proved over a period of time – the Serbian looked like a different player in his opening match. Obviously, champion players are made to deliver on big occasions and Djokovic must have saved his best tricks for the most prestigious Grand Slam – the Championships this year and we can expect him to improve as the tournament will progress.
In the second-round, Djokovic will take on World No. 48 Ryan Harrison of USA, who has shown a lot of promise in such a short span of his career. While Isner and James Blake vowed out in the opening round at Wimbledon, Harrison rallied from a first-set lapse to defeat Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 and kept the American hopes alive. He also sent a strong message that he is ready to test the World No. 1.
Though, Djokovic has a very good 37-6 win-loss record for the season, this does look bit ordinary – especially in his case. Last season, Djokovic enjoyed an incredible 41 match winning streak and at times he looked way ahead of his opponents – in fact, he beat his greatest nemesis Rafael Nadal in six finals and literally ruled the tour. But, things are not looking that bright in the new season for the Serbian. Djokovic has claimed two titles this season – including Aussie Open title that he won after beating Rafael Nadal in an epic final, but he failed to reignite his magic on clay. Djokovic showed the glimpses of his last year’s form in his quarter-final encounter against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Roland Garros, where he saved four match points to earn a hard-fought win in the end. And, then he subdued Roger Federer in the semi-final – in straight sets. But, he just could not repeat that feat in the final against Rafael Nadal. Well, the Serbian looked quite unhappy after that final match and it seems that he is ready to vent out all that frustration here at Wimbledon by translating that into marvellous performances.
Djokovic’s opponent is 20 years old Ryan Harrison, who has been enjoying the highest ATP Ranking of his career – at the moment. The American turned professional in 2007 and has produced some fine performances on tour. This year he has an ordinary 18-15 win-loss record for the season, but he is still in his early phase of the career.
This will be a second-meeting between these two. Last time they met last year in Cincinnati Masters, where Djokovic beat the American in straight sets. Well, it shouldn’t be that easy for Djokovic this time.
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