07-2-2024, 5:21 PM

Novak Djokovic wins his first Wimbledon match less than a month after receiving surgery for torn meniscus

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The 37-year-old Djokovic returned to Wimbledon on Tuesday, winning his first-round match against Vit Kopřiva in straight sets, 6-1 6-2 6-2, despite having surgery less than a month ago for a torn meniscus.

On Tuesday, Djokovic showed no signs of being hindered by his knee as he dominated Kopřiva right from the start, conceding just five games and finishing the match in under two hours on the court.

“I didn’t know how everything is going to unfold on the court,” Djokovic added. “You know, practice sessions are quite different than official match play. I’m just extremely glad that the way I felt today, the way I played.”

Djokovic, the second seed, is aiming to capture his eighth Wimbledon title, tying Roger Federer's men's singles record.

Djokovic's advance to the second round equals another record previously held by his great former opponent.

In the men's singles event at the Wimbledon Championships, Djokovic has now advanced to the second round 19 times, matching Federer's record. This is the greatest number of times any player has accomplished in the Open Era.

Following Wimbledon, Djokovic will pursue one of the last awards he has yet to win: an Olympic gold medal.

The 37-year-old will represent Serbia at the next Paris Olympics, the country's Olympic Committee said on June 18. His best Olympic accomplishment is a bronze medal from 2008.

“Of course, winning a gold medal or winning any medal for my country is a great wish and desire. It is one of the greatest priorities and goals for [this] season, there is no secret about that,” added Djokovic.

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