Djokovic etches his name in history

Novak Djokovic broke a record following his 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (5) win over Adrian Mannarino in the second round at Wimbledon on Wednesday. 

Djokovic’s win was his 30th consecutive Grand Slam victory, which is now an Open era record.

In addition to this, the world number one is vying to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win the first three grand slams of the year.

“The record that I managed to break today, yes, is one of the better ones because obviously as a professional tennis player, you always aim to play your best in Grand Slams,” Djokovic told reporters. “You want to be consistent and win as many matches in these tournaments that matter the most in our sport.

“Knowing that I won 30 in a row, it’s very pleasing obviously. I want to keep on going. Let’s see where it takes me.”

Meanwhile, the Serb lauded Mannarino for putting up a fight during the match, but was pleased that he was able to dig deep and come out on top when it was most needed.

“It was a challenge to play Mannarino on grass because he has a very good game for this surface,” Djokovic said. “The shots that he comes up with are very flat, and they bounce very low. He picks up the ball very early. Has a very good variety on his serve, slice that fades away from you.

“It was a very good challenge for me at the right time. I think I came up with the best game when it was most needed in all three sets.”

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