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Novak Djokovic overcomes Kyle Edmund at Wimbledon

Like Edmund Novak Djokovic is yet to drop a set at this year's Championships Like Edmund Novak Djokovic is yet to drop a set at this year's Championships
Kristopher Love | 11 July, 2018, 23:30

Playing on Centre Court is always like a dream and a great experience. Although the 31-year-old won the next two sets, the match was full of incidents, with Djokovic at the heart of the drama.

"When I see Kyle during the year playing good tennis, he can easily play wonderful tennis on grass also", coach Rosengren said.

"That is something he has to be very proud of".

The world number 23 though faces a tricky test against local hope Edmund, who is having the best season of his nascent tennis career.

This is still Edmund's best run at Wimbledon and while he will edge further into the world's top 20, grass remains a surface where improvement is needed. He won against me this year in Madrid.

"Yeah of course it's on everywhere, everybody is singing, 'It's coming home, it's coming home'", he said.

WIMBLEDEON enters its second week without a home challenger in the singles for the first time in more than a decade but with Kyle Edmund tipped to be "a contender" in the future by the man who knocked him out. Everybody knows he has to play well. "Sometimes we all forget the joy of playing".

Djokovic who has faced Andy Murray on numerous occasions, including the Wimbledon final in 2013, said he had never encountered such an atmosphere from a British crowd. Three years ago, Suarez Navaro had beaten Bencic at Stuttgart in a clay-court duel, but the Swiss player emerged victorious on Wimbledon's grass.

Rosengren said: "He is in unbelievably good shape mentally". We always knew his forehand was a weapon but he has come on a lot since he started working with a new coach, he has completed his game. This is so important.

"I'm sure they'll factor that in", he said.

Edmund played only his second match on Centre Court on Thursday and claimed his first win, beating American qualifier Bradley Klahn in straight sets.

"I think you have to go in and not overplay just because Djokovic has 12 majors. That's where you want to be". So many epic matches, countless legends playing on those courts. You have to believe in yourself.

With Edmund serving at 3-3, 15-40 in the fourth set, the Serbian approached the net and executed a drop volley that Edmund failed to reach on one bounce despite flailing at the ball with his racquet and knocking it close to the line on the other side of the net.

"Those are the things obviously that people don't get to see or hear on the TV".

"It would be highly unlikely he's going to win this, unless Djokovic is hurt".

"I guess a lot of the afternoon will be taken up by his preparation, whether he is eating, or with Prangers [fitness trainer Ian Prangley] doing his treatments so I think he would be relatively sheltered from it".

"I don't think Kyle likes moving forward, I think he's going to pay for that against Djokovic, and also Djokovic gets a lot more balls back on the return".