Wimbledon 2013: Djokovic taking nothing for granted after Nadal loss
Wimbledon 2013: World No1 Novak Djokovic says he won't get complacent after a 6-3 7-5 6-4 victory over Florian Mayer
Novak Djokovic insisted he is taking nothing for granted at Wimbledon after watching Rafael Nadal lose to Steve Darcis in the first round on Monday.
The Serb came through his opening match against Florian Mayer courtesy of a 6-3 7-5 6-4 win on Tuesday to set up a second-round clash with either Bobby Reynolds or Steve Johnson of the United States.
But after seeing Spaniard Nadal crash out the previous day, Djokovic has warned his fellow top seeds against complacency in the early stages of the tournament.
“You cannot take anything or anybody for granted,” Djokovic said at his post-match news conference. “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, like everything in life. 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 coming on the Centre Court or Court 1, playing in front of 10,000 or more people.
“Against one of the top players, what can you really lose? You’re going and you’re playing your best tennis.”
Djokovic was satisfied with his first-round win, suggesting that he felt in control throughout despite conceding the occasional break point.
“I felt that throughout the whole match I was in the control, more or less,” he said. “He had some breakpoints but I served well in those moments.
“[I] felt pretty good. For the opening match of the grass court season, it was a very satisfying performance.”
Now, the Serb’s aim is to improve as the tournament progresses after a performance he admits was far from his very best.
“I think that I can play better,” Djokovic added. “But, as I said, for the first match it’s normal to expect that you’re still kind of finding your rhythm and adjusting to a new surface and new movement.
“Hopefully I can elevate my game as the tournament goes on.”