An intriguing round of 16 for Novak Djokovic
Titled three weeks ago in ‘s-Hertogenbosch after downgrading Daniil Medvedev in the final, Tim van Rijthoven beat Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili (ATP 26) 6-4 by a clear score of 6-4 6-3.
At 25 years old, this player who came out of almost nowhere wants to believe that his first service ball can still take him very far. “I feel able to beat any opponent,” he said.
Three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic easily qualified for the Wimbledon knockout stages.
The Serbian won 6-0 6-3 6-4 over compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic (ATP 30).
Facing an opponent who had pushed him to his limits this spring in Prague, Novak Djokovic developed his game with absolute mastery to evolve in the same register as two days earlier against Thanasis Kokkinakis.
A register that gives him an immense margin over most of his opponents.
The question is whether the next one will be as harmless as Kokkinakis and Kecmanovic.
Novak Djokovic will face Tim van Rijthoven, the surprise guest of these knockout rounds.
Ranked 104th in the world, the Dutchman became the seventh player in the millennium to reach this stage of the competition in his first participation in a Grand Slam tournament.