July 24, 2024

Snooker World Champion Ronnie O'Sullivan with his AMG Mercedes SL55. 12/10/04 BY Paul Vicente/Sunday Times

Elite: A Goat finally met another Goat” master O’Sullivan just got a prestigious compliment from a well known GOAT” in a serious meeting” report.

In an hour and fifty-eight minutes, Novak Djokovic defeated Vit Kopriva 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to open his Wimbledon campaign on a victorious note. Along with his daughter, snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan observed the match on Centre Court. When Novak had a chance to talk to Ronnie after the duel, he said he needed to get better and that he would love to play snooker shots with him in the future.

O’Sullivan is a long-time tennis fan, often mentioning tennis legends and saying nice words about them. The tennis GOAT played well in front of the snooker GOAT, controlling the course of the match and celebrating his first win since surgery on a torn meniscus that forced him to withdraw from Roland Garros.

Djokovic looked good on the court, stressing his knee without issues and finding the rhythm after a couple of games. Novak was pleased with his level, serving well and taming Vit’s serves nicely en route to his 93rd Wimbledon victory.

At the All England Club, where he last year failed to win the eighth title, Djokovic is participating for the nineteenth time in an attempt to tie the record. The Serb utilized his first serve as a potent weapon and unleashed 11 aces. With no break points and pressure remaining on the other side, the Serb fell only ten points behind the opening shot. More than half of the return points were seized by Djokovic, who used them to create 15 break opportunities and take six, two in each set.

Novak landed 32 winners and 16 unforced errors, outplaying Vit’s 25-30 ratio. The Czech qualifier could not find free points with his initial shot. Also, he tried to beat the Serb from the baseline, which did not turn out well for him.

Djokovic made a reliable start, firing service winners in the opening two service games for a 2-1 lead. The fourth game lasted 14 minutes, and Kopriva played against six break chances. The Czech denied five, doing everything to survive and avoid an early setback.

Novak Djokovic is off to a winning start at Wimbledon.

However, the veteran stayed composed and converted the sixth following a solid defense and the rival’s mistake.

Djokovic drew Kopriva’s mistake in the fifth game, holding at love and opening a 4-1 advantage. Novak created three break points in the sixth game with a deep return and landed another on the first, drawing Vit’s mistake and extending the lead.

The Serb served for the opener at 5-1 and held at love with an unreturned serve, rattling off 14 points and clinching the first part of the encounter in style after 33 minutes. Djokovic served well in the second set and kept the pressure on Kopriva.

In the opening game, Vit encountered difficulties as he faced two break points but managed to hold onto them. Novak won the second game with a winning forehand stroke and then again in the following one with a strong return. Kopriva lost a lengthy rally and gave the Serb the advantage when she squandered game opportunities and broke on Djokovic’s second opportunity.

Novak cemented the advantage with a hold at love in game four and repeated that 3-2 with a powerful serve, keeping everything under control.

Vit earned game points in game seven and squandered them. The Czech netted a routine forehand on a break point, losing serve and falling 5-2 behind. Djokovic served for the set in game eight and landed a service winner on a set point, forging two sets to love advantage after an hour and 18 minutes.

Vit played his best tennis early in the third set and stayed in touch with a 24-time Major winner. The Czech held in the first game with a drop shot winner, and the Serb responded with a hold at 30 in the next one for 1-1. Kopriva grabbed the third game for another advantage before facing issues at 2-2.

Novak forced Vit’s mistake for two break points and converted the second after Vit’s loose forehand, moving 3-2 in front and closer to the finish line.

Djokovic cemented the break with a nice serve & volley combo in the sixth game and kicked off the next one with rock-solid court coverage and a forehand winner.

Kopriva moved 30-15 in front with a backhand down the line winner and earned a game point after drawing Djokovic’s mistake. Novak denied it with a forehand attack and reached another deuce after the rival’s double fault. The Czech sprayed a forehand error, facing a break point and placing a backhand wide to get broken and send the Serb 5-2 in front.

Djokovic served for the win in game nine and landed an ace for two match points. He seized the first with an ace down the T line, sealing the deal in style and moving into the second round. “I’m Ronnie’s fan. I have been watching snooker just because of him.

We just had a meet-up, interacting for the first time. It was really nice to have him around. I’m really bad at snooker, and hopefully, we can play a bit so I can improve, because I’m really bad at it,” Novak Djokovic said.

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