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Novak Djokovic defeats Olivier Rochus - 2010 Wimbledon First round

 Wimbledon 2010

London, England
June 21, 2010 

Novak Djokovic and Olivier Rochus made history at the Centre Court when their first round match finished at 10:58 pm on Monday night, the latest ever finish to a match at the Centre Court. It was a difficult day for the men's singles top seeds as Federer, Davydenko and Djokovic survived five set thrillers. Novak Djokovic beat Olivier Rochus 3-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the second round where he will play Taylor Dent of America.

The match was interrupted for 45 minutes when the referee deemed the light insufficient at 8:30 pm and the roof had to be closed for 45 minutes. Djokovic was trailing two sets to one at that time. After the match resumed, Djokovic rallied to win the last two sets to advance to the second round.

Match Statistics

Novak DjokovicOlivier Rochus
1st Serve %79 of 137 = 58%110 of 174 = 63%
Double Faults124
Unforced Errors6024
Winning % on 1st Serve54 of 79 = 68%63 of 110 = 57%
Winning % on 2nd Serve29 of 58 = 50%27 of 64 = 42%
Winners (Including Service)9633
Receiving Points Won84 of 178 = 47%54 of 149 = 36%
Break Point Conversions9 of 20 = 45%7 of 17 = 41%
Net Approaches37 of 51 = 73%21 of 27 = 78%
Total Points Won167144
Fastest Serve Speed 124 MPH112 MPH
Average 1st Serve Speed 117 MPH103 MPH
Average 2nd Serve Speed 100 MPH88 MPH

Player quotes

Novak Djokovic
'I think the break helped me a little bit because I didn't feel great on the court at that moment. To have a half-hour break and just relax and focus and reset my game and my mind was helpful.'
'You don't get to see a lot of late-night matches in Wimbledon history. Now with having the roof and lights gives us the opportunity.'
'I'm happy in a way that my name is in the history books from playing late at night and I'm happy just to get a win.'

Match Preview

Novak Djokovic, is from Serbia and is ranked No. 3 in the world. Djokovic won the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships in February this year. Djokovic won the Australian Open in 2008. His best performance at Wimbledon came in 2007 where he reached the semifinals. Djokovic reached the quarterfinal of both Australian Open and French Open this year.

Olivier Rochus, is from Belgium and is ranked No. 66 in the world. His best performance at Wimbledon came in 2003 where he reached the fourth round. Rochus lost in the first round of Australian Open this year and in the second round at French Open.

Head to Head

Olivier Rochus holds a 3-1 head to head record against Novak Djokovic. They last played in the Miami masters this year which Rochus won 6-2, 6-7(7), 6-4.


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