PISTOL PETE’S IN MY SIGHTS
NOVAK DJOKOVIC will begin his bid to equal Pete Sampras’ tally of seven Wimbledon singles titles in the first match on Centre Court today.
The Serb is unbeaten here since 2017 and has never lost a match to a player ranked as low as South Korean world No.81 Kwon Soon-woo.
But the number he is really targeting is a seventh title to equal the mark set held by the American legend to leave him just one behind Roger Federer. “Pete Sampras, winning his first Wimbledon 1993, was the first tennis match I saw on TV,” said Djokovic (above).
“So, of course, there’s a lot of connection to this tournament.
“Pete has won it seven times, hopefully I can do the same this year.”
Djokovic and Federer have 20 Grand Slams, two behind Rafa Nadal in the race to be the greatest male of all time.