Wimbeldon Preview – Novak Djokovic Vs. Bobby Reynolds
Novak Djokovic, the number one ranked player in the world, cruised through his first round match and will look ahead to a second match with an unseeded opponent.
Djokovic faced off against German Florian Mayer in the first round and emerged with a straight set victory (6/3, 7/5, 6/4). It was the fourth time that Djokovic competed against Mayer and he maintains a perfect 4-0 record after Monday’s match. American Bobby Reynolds will be the next player who will try to tackle the top dog, but it will certainly not be easy.
Reynolds had a little more adventurous first round match up, as he needed five sets to dispatch fellow American Steve Johnson. After falling rather easily in the first set 6/1, Reynolds bounced back and won the next two sets 7/6, 6/3. Johnson came back once more, winning the fourth set 7/6 and sending the match to a fifth and final set. Reynolds emerged victorious after winning the final set 6/4.
Djokovic has never faced Reynolds before so this will be the first time he has taken the court against the 156-ranked player in the world. The winner of the match, which should be Djokovic by all accounts, will face the 28th seeded Jeremy Chandry from France.
The biggest threat to Djokovic in the top quarter of the draw would appear to be Tomas Berdych, the seventh seed from the Czech Republic. Djokovic originally had a huge threat in French Open champion Rafael Nadal to deal with later in the tournament, but after his upset, Nadal is one player who will not have an impact on the Wimbledon tournament this year. There are still plenty of competitors, including last year’s champion Roger Federer and the Wimbledon-based Olympic champion Andy Murray, who can provide a bigger challenge for Djokovic.