Novak Djokovic made a winning start at Wimbledon, Defeating Vit Kopriva 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 58 minutes. Snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan watched the match on Centre Court with his daughterAfter the match, Novak had the chance to talk to Ronnie and he would like to play snooker together in the future. He admitted that he still needs some improvement.

O’Sullivan has been a tennis fan for years, often mentioning tennis legends and saying nice things about them. The tennis GOAT played well for the snooker GOAT, controlling the flow of the match and celebrating his first victory since surgery for a torn meniscus forced him to withdraw from Roland Garros.

Djokovic looked good on court, he put no strain on his knee and found his rhythm after a few games. Novak was happy with his level, served well and tamed Vits’s serves nicely on his way to his 93rd Wimbledon victory.

Ronnie O’Sullivan, Wimbledon 2024© Stream screenshot

Djokovic is making his 19th appearance at the All England Club, chasing a record-equalling eighth title after missing out a year ago. The Serb hit 10 aces and used his first serve as a powerful weapon.

The Serb trailed by just ten points on the first throw, faced no break points and kept the pressure on the other side. Djokovic took more than half of the return points, converted them into 15 break chances and took six, two in each set.

Novak made 32 winners and 16 unforced errors, surpassing Vit’s 25-30 ratio. The Czech qualifier couldn’t find any free points with his first shot. He also tried to beat the Serb from the baseline, which didn’t work out well for him.

Djokovic made a solid start, hitting service winners in the first two service games for a 2-1 lead. The fourth game lasted 14 minutes and Kopriva faced six break chances. The Czech denied five of them and did everything he could to survive and avoid an early setback.

Novak Djokovic, Wimbledon 2024© Sean M. Haffey / Staff – Getty Images Sports

Novak Djokovic has made an excellent start to Wimbledon.

However, the veteran remained calm and took advantage of the sixth inning, after solid defense and an error by the rival.

Djokovic drew Kopriva’s error in the fifth game, held at love and opened a 4-1 lead. Novak created three break points in the sixth game with a deep return and landed another in the first, drew Vit’s error and extended the lead.

Serving for the opener at 5-1, the Serb held on with a pristine serve, scoring 14 points and settling the first half of the encounter in style after 33 minutes. Djokovic served well in the second set, keeping the pressure on Kopriva.

Vit was in trouble in the first game, faced two break points but saved them and held on. Novak took the second game with a forehand winner and made another push on the return in the next game. Kopriva wasted game points and faced a break on the second chance Djokovic got, lost an extended rally and pushed the Serb forward.

Novak Djokovic, Wimbledon 2024© Sean M. Haffey / Staff – Getty Images Sports

Novak extended the lead with a ‘hold’ at love in the fourth game and repeated that with a powerful serve (3-2), keeping everything under control.

Vit earned game points in game seven and squandered them. The Czech hit a routine forehand on break point, lost his serve and fell behind 5-2. Djokovic served for the set in game eight and landed a service winner on set point, forging two sets to hold a love advantage after an hour and 18 minutes.

Vit played his best tennis early in the third set, staying in touch with the 24-time major winner. The Czech held the first game with a drop shot winner, and the Serb responded with a hold at 30 in the next game for 1-1. Kopriva took the third game for another advantage before running into trouble at 2-2.

Novak made sure that Vit got two break points with a mistake and used the second break after a loose forehand from Vit. This brought him 3-2 ahead and closer to the finish.

Novak Djokovic, Wimbledon 2024© Sean M. Haffey / Staff – Getty Images Sports

Djokovic broke the tie with a beautiful service-volley combination in the sixth game and started the next game with a rock-solid defense and a forehand winner.

Kopriva moved to 30-15 up with a down-the-line backhand winner and earned a game point after drawing Djokovic’s error. Novak denied it with a forehand attack and reached another deuce after his rival’s double fault. The Czech sprayed a forehand error, faced with a break point and placed a backhand wide to be broken and send the Serb 5-2 up.

Serving for the win in game nine, Djokovic landed an ace for two match points, taking the first with an ace down the T-line to seal the deal in style and advance to the second round.I’m a fan of Ronnie. I only watch snooker because of him.

“We just had a meet-up, first interaction. It was really nice to have him there. I’m really bad at snooker, and hopefully we can play a little bit so I can get better, because I’m really bad at it,” Novak Djokovic said.