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'It feels great to be back on the most sacred tennis court in the world,' says Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic Wimbledon fist

Novak Djokovic made a victorious return to Wimbledon's Centre Court in his first round match against British youngster Jack Draper.

The world number one is hoping to defend his 2019 title by winning a sixth Wimbledon crown this year, and despite losing the first set, he cruised through the rest of the match winning 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.

In front of an appreciative crowd of 7000 spectators, Djokovic displayed the confidence of a man who has already won the first two Grand Slams of the season and afterwards he said he was really happy to be back at SW19.

"It feels great seeing everyone and being back on probably the most special, the most sacred tennis court in the world," said Djokovic, in an on-court interview.

"Obviously, alongside many other players, I was very sad last year that Wimbledon was cancelled.

"[It was] very difficult times for everyone, but I'm really glad that the sport is back and hopefully you guys have enjoyed it and you will enjoy it in the next couple of weeks."

Both players slipped on the freshly cut grass throughout the match with Djokovic taking a couple of tumbles and he said afterwards he couldn't remember Centre court being that slippy but he was honoured to play there again.

"To be honest, I don't recall falling this many times on the court," said Djokovic.

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"[It was] obviously a huge honour to walk onto this court, for me at least the most special court. I always dreamed of playing at Wimbledon [and] winning Wimbledon one day when I was a kid growing up in Serbia."

On his young opponent, 19-year-old Jack Draper, Djokovic praised his attitude and wished him luck for the future.

"He definitely deserves a round of applause," said Djokovic.

"Walking onto Wimbledon's Centre Court for him for the first time, I think he has done extremely well. He carried himself very maturely on the court.

"I think he behaved well, he backed himself, he believed that he could come back, and he deserves credit for that. I wish him all the best for the rest of his career."

Djokovic will next play the winner of Kevin Anderson v Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera.

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