Djokovic and Tsonga Rally for First Round Wins at Olympics

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga were both forced to come back from a set down to gain first round victories at the Olympics at Wimbledon on Sunday.

Djokovic overcame Italian Fabio Fognini -7 (7), 6-2, 6-2. Djokovic failed to take advantage of three set points in the first. Tied at 7-7 in the first set tiebreak, play was halted on Court 1 due to rain.  When play resumed more than three hours later, Fognini won the first two points to claim the first set.

Djokovic dominated the next two sets 6-2, 6-2, dropping a mere five points on his serve in those two sets, hitting 11 aces and 33 winners total in the match.

The layoff since losing in the Wimbledon semifinal took a toll on his play. “I haven’t played an official match since Wimbledon, so it took me a set and a half to really get into the rhythm,” said the 2008 Bronze medalist in the men’s singles. “Obviously the rain delay affected the game, and I wasn’t sharp enough after the rain delay.”

Djokovic spoke about playing in the Olympics again: “It’s an incredible feeling. It’s really an honor and a privilege to be part of the Olympic Games which happen every four years although we wish we would be part of the Olympic Village and feel that atmosphere beside the best athletes in the world.”

Tsonga had a close call against Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci, after dropping the first set tiebreak, the Frenchman held off all break points and hit 36 winners to claim victory.

Tsonga fell several times on the grass at Centre Court, sometimes throwing his body around the court to chase down shots.

“He made some great winners and he was a set up,” Tsonga said. Then I had to be really focused for each game, try to break him and the second and third (sets) were really going my way.”