Wimbeldown Preview – Novak Djokovic Vs. Florian Mayer
Novak Djokovic, the number one ranked player in the world, will get his campaign for a second Wimbledon Championship going on Tuesday (his first Wimbledon title came in 2011). His chances of winning the tournament got better on Monday, as fifth seed Rafael Nadal, the player that knocked Djokovic out of the French Open semifinals a couple weeks ago, was eliminated by 135th ranked Belgian Steve Darcis in straight sets (7/6, 7/6, 6/4).
Djokovic’s first round match will have him taking on German Florian Mayer on Tuesday. They have faced each other three times in their pro careers and Djokovic has won all three matches. The two met twice in 2012, once at the China Open tournament in Beijing and also at least year’s Wimbledon, but that was a quarterfinal match, not an opening round match up. Things are not looking good for Mayer in this year’s Wimbledon, as meeting Djokovic in the first round of a tournament is an easy way to be watching the second round on TV. That being said, you could have said the same thing about Darcis before his match with Nadal on Monday.
Last year Djokovic lost to Roger Federer (this year’s third seed), the eventual Grand Slam tournament champion, in the semifinals. If they are to meet again this year at Wimbledon, it will happen in the final round for all the marbles.
The stiffest competition for Djokovic before the finals appears to be the fourth seed, David Ferrer. They have met 15 times previously in their professional careers and Djokovic has claimed 10 of the 15 matches. They have never faced each other on a grass surface before this year. The last time they faced each other was at the Australian Open earlier this year, with Djokovic winning in straight sets 6/2, 6/2, 6/1.