Djokovic sails through at Wimbledon
The world number one was untroubled in his second round match on Centre Court
While Djokovic shook off the frustration of by passing points that would have made his a shorter shift, he took the first set at a canter. Firing ahead 5-0 in the tie break he finally claimed a foothold 7-5(2) after 52 minutes. But he couldn’t quiet shake the pesky Reynolds off as fast as he wanted.
And why would Reynolds want to go. For those moments he was Gielgud doing Hamlet. The American knew he probably wouldn’t win but nor could he give up the opportunity of making drama, drawing the Centre Court applause.
The second set at 6-3 came more comfortably to Djokovic. Had he looked at Reynold’s biography, he would have known that the 30-year-old may have once held a ranking of 63 but he had never come back from two sets down.
There was no apparent change of pace to the match but Reynolds was forced to work for every point but returning the ball over the net with nothing on it was tantamount to handing Djokovic free points.
The Serb broke his opponent’s serve for 2-0, served for 3-0 and the fabulous weight of inevitability turned the crowd from spunky underdog supporters to admiring fans of the world number one playing within himself but doing so like a virtuoso performing his favourite piece, Reynold’s occasional service game slowing the progress but never threatening the out come.
He fell painlessly in the end, 6-1 for a straight set win and both players leaving the court relieved
“Yeah of course it was tough,” said Reynolds. “He’s not number one in the world for nothing. He’s a great player. I gave it my all and left everything out there and if it’s not good enough it’s not. You know the odds are not in you favour but that’s how it goes.
“It’s amazing even being on Centre Court,” he added. “I watched so many matches there growing up. I didn’t ever think it was possible to make it to here. I’ll definitely show my kids the video. You just can’t put a price tag on something like this. I loved it. It’s a once in a life time opportunity against a a great player, number one in the world. It’s so hard to gasp, its surprising I was even able to play out there.”