World number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic continues his Wimbledon campaign against South African veteran Kevin Anderson in the second round of the 2021 Wimbledon on Wednesday, June 30. Get the live streaming options of this Novak Djokovic v Kevin Anderson match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Novak Djokovic v Kevin Anderson Head to Head
This will be the 12th meeting between both players. Djokovic leads the head-to-head 9-2 including being victorious here in the 2018 Wimbledon final.
After Shaky Start, Djokovic In Cruise Control
World number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic returned to Wimbledon to begin proceedings in search of a sixth Wimbledon title and a 20th major title that would put him level with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time slam count.
Up against 19-year-old British teenage Jack Draper, many wondered how the young boy would fare playing Novak Djokovic on Centre Court making his Wimbledon debut.
Proceedings got off to a surprising start with Draper breaking early, and despite Djokovic having a number of break points in the first set, the Serb was unable to settle down into a rhythm, slipping a few times on the grass losing the set 4-6 under the closed roof.
Djokovic broke early in the second set for a 2-0 lead, and there was no looking back after that as he served with a lot of poise with 25 aces in the match and improving his return game, adjusting to the grass and getting the angles he wanted making Draper move around a lot more, which worked to the Serb’s advantage. Djokovic only dropped five games in the match after the first set for a quick win thereafter.
The world number one is in the second round looking a lot more confident than the opening set, and ready to take on the 2018 Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson.
Anderson Comes Through Opener For Stern Test Ahead
2018 Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson came to the grass major this year ranked 103 in the world with concerns around fitness and form. He has only won four matches in the main draw of tournaments this year and has resorted to playing Challengers to get much needed match practice for himself.
His build-up to Wimbledon included Nottingham Challenger tournaments and a loss at the qualifiers for the ATP 250 in Eastbourne, a reflection of how he is now a shadow of the player he was two seasons ago or so.
The South African had what was perceived to be a routine opener against world number 210 from Chile Marcelo Barrios Vera, but was pushed to four sets by the rookie, who won the first set in a tiebreak. Anderson came back with strong serving to win the next two sets 6-4, 6-4, but was pushed again into the breaker by the Chilean. Strong play by Anderson on serve saw him prevail 7-4 and close the match in four sets.
While the win would have been very good for his confidence, Anderson will be well aware of the challenge that lies ahead in the next round and anything less than a 100 percent serving day will fall short of any match that he would hope to give the world number one.
Djokovic v Anderson Prediction and Tip
While this reads like a good match on paper, the players are poles apart on recent form and fitness. What may have been an excellent match on grass a couple seasons back and was once the Wimbledon final (2018), should be an effortless win for the Serb.
Expect Djokovic to win in straight sets