French Open tennis - Novak Djokovic jokes about serve superstitions - 'Why are you revealing my secrets?'
World number one Novak Djokovic was barely troubled as he clinically disposed of Tennys Sandgren in under two hours and in straight sets, 6-2 6-4 6-2, at the 2021 French Open. The top seed won through very comfortably in the evening match on Philippe Chatrier in a ghostly quiet atmosphere in Paris before joining Eurosport in the Cube for a post-match chat.
'Why are you revealing my secrets?' - Djokovic jokes about serve superstitions
The Serb then appeared virtually in the Eurosport Cube and had some fun with Mats Wilander and Barbara Schett discussing serving rituals and superstitions.
"I don't decide how many times I'm going to bounce the ball," Djokovic explained of his service routines when asked by Wilander.
"I know it's annoying for a lot of people and sometimes it's annoying for me - I wish I could bounce it less and just get into the rhythm but sometimes, especially if it's a tough moment and I'm a little bit tight and under pressure, I might bounce it a bit more.
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"But I just kind of wait until the right time to toss the ball and to have the right tempo in the movement from the very first step, the swing. I don't know what else to tell you, there is no particular number.
"Ten-plus years ago on the deuce side I would always end my bounces with an even number and advantage uneven. It is not the case any more - I have a little bit of an issue!
The 13-time champion at Roland Garros, sporting a lurid fluorescent shirt in the baking sunshine on Philippe Chatrier, steamrollered the Australian with consummate ease to secure his place in the second round.
It was his 101st victory at the tournament he has made his own and the King of Clay never looked in any trouble as he won through in two hours and 23 minutes.
Intriguingly, Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have all found themselves in the same part of the men's draw at the 2021 edition of the clay-court Grand Slam.
Djokovic could take on Nadal in the semi-finals in Paris in what would be a repeat from last year's final in the postponed autumnal edition.
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