Wimbledon 2015 – Novak Djokovic v Kevin Anderson Preview

Novak Djokovic hasn’t really been tested at Wimbledon this year as he has sailed through his matches but faces a difficult challenge in Kevin Anderson the big serving South African on the verge of breaking into the top 10.

Kevin is probably having his best time on the tour right now. He reached 200 career wins with his victory against Lucas Pouille in the first round at Wimbledon and his form on the grass has been pretty exceptional getting to the final of Queens Club where he was dismantled by Andy Murray but saved match points to beat Lleyton Hewitt in the first round and beat Stan Wawrinka in a match where he held his serve well throughout winning 7-6 7-6.

If Anderson is even going to cause trouble for Djokovic then he has to serve well. At 6’8” the serve is his biggest weapon and he produced over 100 aces in 5 matches at Queens and has to be looking at making sure he stays solid on serve. The danger for Anderson is if he is 0-15 or 15-30 down and Djokovic returns the serve and with the form the world number one is in this year you have to produce something from out of this world to regularly beat him in rallies.

Anderson does pose a threat with his two handed backhand but like I said will be tough to punish Djokovic in rallies as he is so lethal with his movement, backhand and forehand. I think Anderson’s best hope is getting to tie-breaks and attacking Novak’s serve. I do think Anderson could take a set off the world number one but it would have to be something incredible to beat Djokovic in a best of five sets match.


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