Calling it "one of the toughest first rounds I could get,"
A defending men's champion has not lost in the first round at Wimbledon since Lleyton Hewitt was ousted by big-serving
Still, there was concern among fans of Serbia's world No. 1 player because he has not played in a tournament since his four-set defeat in the
"I still managed to play in the final two years ago," Djokovic said, "and to win the title last year."
But he admitted that there was more to his absence in the traditional Wimbledon practice events this year than just following a past pattern.
"Roland Garros [French Open] final was not easy. .... I needed some time to just mentally recover."
Each of Djokovic's main rivals at Wimbledon, No. 2
The Djokovic match will be followed by