He sounded relaxed in the post-match conference, saying: “I felt pretty good for the opening match of the grass court season. It was a very satisfying performance, even though I think I could have played better. But it’s normal to expect that you’re still kind of finding your rhythm and adjusting to a new surface and new movement.”
Knowing well that he played a tricky first round match against a tough opponent, Djokovic opined: “Knowing his quality and that we played the quarter-finals here last year. He gave me enough reason not to underestimate him.”
Djokovic was not willing to predict the final outcome of the tournament, saying: “You cannot take anything or anybody for granted. You have to be grateful for being in this position, work even harder to stay there. That’s the whole point.
“The sport is evolving. Everybody is getting better, getting more professional. Especially at the opening stages of Grand Slams, there are a lot of quality players who have nothing to lose really coming on the Centre Court or Court 1, playing in front of 10,000 or more people.
“Against one of the top players, you know, what can you really lose? You’re going and you’re playing your best tennis.”
Meanwhile, the ladies’ top-seed Serena Williams too advanced to the next round and will be difficult to beat in the competition, especially after her French Open triumph.