Novak Djokovic sets up Grigor Dimitrov clash with comfortable John Millman win at Queen’s
NOVAK DJOKOVIC set up an exciting second-round clash with Grigor Dimitrov by comfortably beating John Millman 6-2, 6-1 at Queen’s.
Djokovic was playing for the first time since his surprising French Open quarter-final defeat against Marco Cecchinato.
The Serbian has struggled with an elbow injury over the last 12 months but he is gradually picking up form ahead of Wimbledon.
Djokovic got off to a decent start by earning a break point in just the fifth game and he gobbled up the opportunity with aggressive play at the net.
A delightful backhand dropshot in the sixth put the former world No 1 into firm control of the set and he followed that up by breaking again in the seventh, albeit on his third break point of the game.
The former world No 1, who had talked about the mental problems which came with his previous injury in the build-up, showed no sign of weakness as he took the first set 6-2.
And he continued his momentum in the second set by breaking in the first game, despite being disrupted by an alarm which halted play for a short while.
Millman held his next service game but had no answers to everything Djokovic was throwing at him.
The pivotal moment arrived in the fifth game as the pair battled on deuce for 10 minutes before Djokovic struck a cruel blow by breaking again.
However, Millman clinged to the hope that the winning shot was out and challenged the call, but Hawk-Eye ruled in the favour of Djokovic.
The 31-year-oldheld serve before then breaking for a third time to breeze to victory.
Earlier in the day, Dimitrov struggled to overcome Damir Dzumhur as he needed three sets to progress to the second round.
But the No 2 seed came through the battle and he will not meet Djokovic later in the week.