World No. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime was straight honest after getting crushed by Novak Djokovic at the Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic as he admitted it was a “difficult day” for him on the court. On Wednesday, Djokovic played his first grass match of the year and he looked extremely sharp as he claimed a 6-2 6-1 victory over Auger-Aliassime at the Hurlingham Club.
“He was a lot better than me for sure. It was a difficult day on the court,” Auger-Aliassime said after the loss, per Eurosport. “He was on it. He was playing well. I was struggling with my serve quite a lot. Novak I felt like he was striking the ball well and returning the ball well from the first game.”
Auger-Aliassime stood no chance versus Djokovic
Djokovic didn’t waste any time on the court, breaking Auger-Aliassime in the opening game of the match. After losing his serve in the opening game of the match, Auger-Aliassime had a great chance to break back immediately but he missed out on three consecutive break points in the second game.
In the fourth game, Auger-Aliassime blew two more break points as Djokovic took a 3-1 lead. Auger-Aliassime paid the price for missing out on five break points as Djokovic broke again in the seventh game to open a 5-2 lead, before serving out for the first set in the following game.
After losing the first set, Auger-Aliassime served out the opening game of the second set. Then, Djokovic absolutely dominated in the rest of the match as he claimed three breaks in a row and won six consecutive games to finish the match in style.
Djokovic not playing any ATP events leading up to Wimbledon is nothing new. In the past, Djokovic preffered to play a match or two at the Boodles exhibition and use that as a pre-Wimbledon warm-up. The Boodles Challenge isn’t taking place this year so Djokovic decided to play at the Hurlingham exhibition.
Djokovic has won the past three Wimbledon editions and he is among top favorites for this year’s crown at The Championships.