Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Nole demolished Roddick at Olympic Games
Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Roddick 6-2, 6-1 for a place in the third round at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Djokovic hit 14 aces, 34 winners, lost 14 points on serve and converted all four of his break point opportunities.
“He played great. He was just in the zone. The conditions were perfect. He was hitting it well," said Roddick.
“If he is hitting the ball like that, my chance is to serve really well. I didn’t serve great today. I hit the ball fine, [but] he was just too good from the baseline. He was seeing it like a basketball today.”
“It was the perfect match in every sense,” said Djokovic. “I delivered my best game, I think, so far this year on grass courts.
“I didn’t expect to serve as many aces, but both of my matches that I’ve played here I’ve served really, really well. So that’s something encouraging for the next challenge.” Djokovic said.
Roddick held his first two service games, but from there the was no match for Djokovic, who deployed his extensive arsenal of slices, drop shots and rocket-like groundstrokes.
In the final game Roddick hit a perfect drop shot, but Djokovic ran it down and whipped it cross-court for a winner. The Serb stood with his arms raised, basking in the roar of the crowd, while Roddick shook his head.
"That was one of the best drop shots I ever hit," Roddick shouted to Djokovic when the cheers died down.
Djokovic only smiled. Then he hit another ace.
Nole enjoys hanging out in the athletes village and met two-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin, who agreed to trade a hockey stick for a racket.
"The basics of any Olympic Games is to be alongside the best athletes in the world, to dine with them, to make pictures with them, to chat, exchange experiences," Djokovic said. "This happens only every four years."
Nole will next face Lleyton Hewitt, who beat defeated Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-5 in one hour and 36 minutes.
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