"I see myself in his game" - Djokovic on facing Sinner at Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic ended the perfect 8-0 grass season of Dutch wild card Tim van Rijthoven with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory.
The top-seeded Djokovic was challenged by his opponent's powerful serve and multi-faceted forehand but showed his championship pedigree by locking down with his baseline game to produce a brilliant response to his second dropped set of the tournament.
"I knew coming into the match that it was always going to be a tough, challenging matchup against Tim, who I've never faced before. I watched him play. He's got a really good game for grass, which he proved today. [It] was a very good fight, especially in the first two sets. But overall I think I've played very well, very solid from back of the court. I got into his service rhythm, started reading his serve better in the third and fourth sets."
Up next is Jannik Sinner and on facing him, Djokovic said:
"He's maturing a lot on the big stage. I think he doesn't feel too much pressure on the big stage. He's very solid. He has every shot in his game: serve, return, forehand, backhand. He's constantly putting pressure on opponents. I kind of see a little bit of myself in his game, as well, from back of the court, playing flat backhands, constantly staying on the back of the line, trying to put pressure on opponents."