World No. 3 Novak Djokovic has had a successful grass-court season beating Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-2 6-1 at the Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic at the Hurlingham Club. Djokovic put pressure on Auger-Aliassime from the start of the game and scored the first break in the first game of the match.
Auger-Aliassime had a chance to recover quickly after falling behind, but Djokovic saved three consecutive break points in the second game and took a 2-0 lead.
In game four, Auger-Aliassime missed two more break points and Djokovic took a 3-1 lead. Auger-Aliassime paid the price for missing five break points early in the game, with Djokovic earning his second break in game seven for a 5-2 lead.
With a double break lead, Djokovic had no problem closing the set on his serve in the eighth game.
Djokovic was even more dominant in the second set.
After easily losing the first set, Auger-Aliassime managed to serve the first game of the second set.
But that’s all he did since he didn’t win a single game in the rest of the game. In the second set, Djokovic broke Auger-Aliassime in the third, fifth and seventh games, without leaving the Canadian a single break point.
On Wednesday, Djokovic’s rival Rafael Nadal also kicked off his grass-court season. Two hours earlier, Nadal beat Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 at Hurlingham Club. Both Nadal and Djokovic have decided not to contest the ATP tournament before Wimbledon.
Instead, they decided to play Hurlingham’s exhibition and use it as a warm-up before Wimbledon. Earlier this week, Hurlingham show organizers announced that Djokovic and Nadal will not face each other this week.
As Wimbledon approaches, many have given Djokovic and Nadal as hot favorites for the Championships title. Djokovic is a six-time Wimbledon champion and will return to the tournament as defending champion this year, while Nadal will be chasing his third All England Club title.