speak­ing with No­vak Djokovic

The three-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion beats Cana­dian Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-3 in his first grass-court match of the sea­son at the Ae­gon In­ter­na­tional in East­bourne.

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Slow start

Hav­ing played only 13 points due to rain on Tues­day, the 30-year-old Serb re­turned to Devon­shire Park to record his 25th win of the sea­son. He had re­ceived a bye in the first round.


“I’m glad that I came here to East­bourne,” Djokovic, who is play­ing his first grass-court warm-up tour­na­ment ahead of the Cham­pi­onships since 2010, said af­ter the match.


“I have had a great cou­ple of days of train­ing with good play­ers, dif­fer­ent styles of game.,” he said. “I felt good on the court, con­sid­er­ing it’s the first match. I have played against an op­po­nent that has a re­ally good game for grass. It was a re­ally, re­ally solid win. I’m happy with it.”


Djokovic, who suf­fered a quar­ter-fi­nal exit at the French Open, is hop­ing to adapt to the con­di­tions in as many matches he can play this week at Devon­shire Park ahead of the third grand slam of the year start­ing July 3.


“Well, I think the first thing I’m look­ing for is to ex­pe­ri­ence that match play ... Men­tally, phys­i­cally, tac­ti­cally, ev­ery way you look at it,” Djokovic said. “The move­ment is very dif­fer­ent from clay or hard court. You’ve got to be very soft, very gen­tle, but yet very re­ac­tive.”

Agassi re­turns

Djokovic, who will have coach An­dre Agassi in his cor­ner for the Wim­ble­don fort­night, said he is com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the Amer­i­can on a daily

ba­sis as they “get to know each other”. Sense and sen­si­bil­ity

“Even though when we are a dis­tance from each other or not to­gether, we still keep the com­mu­ni­ca­tion,” Djokovic added. “He [Agassi] shares his thoughts. He ob­vi­ously wants me to share what I feel and how I see things ... and get­ting a sense of how we go about tennis, about life, and what are our per­spec­tives and anal­y­sis of the match.”

Next up

Djokovic, seeded sec­ond for next week’s Wim­ble­don cham­pi­onship, will meet Amer­i­can Don­ald Young in the third round in East­bourne.

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