London: In a thrilling display of tennis prowess, world number two Novak Djokovic secured his 350th Grand Slam match win at Wimbledon on Wednesday, overpowering his opponent Jordan Thompson in a straight-set victory. Djokovic’s remarkable achievement places him among the elite few to reach this historic milestone, following in the footsteps of Roger Federer and Serena Williams.
With a final score of 6-3, 7-6, and 7-5, Djokovic demonstrated his unwavering determination and skill on the grass courts of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. The Serbian superstar now stands just a hair’s breadth away from equaling Federer’s record of most wins in Grand Slam matches, which currently stands at 369. Additionally, if Djokovic manages to capture his eighth Wimbledon title, he will join Federer in the annals of history as the joint record holder for most Wimbledon victories. This feat would be further magnified by the fact that Djokovic would become the oldest man to claim the prestigious title on an Open court.
Facing a formidable opponent in Thompson, Djokovic was forced to dig deep and summon his best form. The Australian gave the second seed a run for his money, applying relentless pressure and refusing to allow Djokovic to settle into a comfortable rhythm. However, Djokovic’s prowess on serve proved to be the deciding factor, enabling him to emerge victorious from the second-round encounter after two hours and 27 minutes of intense battle.
The crucial turning point of the match came during the second-set tiebreak, as Thompson faltered under the mounting pressure, ultimately succumbing to a costly double fault. Djokovic capitalised on this opportunity, delivering a series of dipping returns that left his charging opponent struggling to respond effectively. These key moments showcased Djokovic’s ability to seize control and turn the tide in his favour.
Looking ahead, Djokovic’s path to further success at Wimbledon now hinges on his upcoming match against either Stan Wawrinka or Tomas Martin Etcheverry. As he continues his quest for an eighth Wimbledon title, Djokovic remains determined to solidify his status as one of the greatest tennis players of all time.