The Wimbledon tournament did not start well for Novak Djokovic. Oh, his tennis was fine, but he reportedly was disturbed that his little dog, Pierre, was denied entry into the country by British authorities.
The absence of the dog (who has his own Twitter account and remains back home in Monte Carlo) hasn’t stopped Djokovic from taking out his frustrations on the grass at the All England Club, unleashing his formidable game and rolling over opponents right and left. Michael Llodra of France was the latest victim Monday ... and well, let’s let Xan Brooks of the Guardian describe it:
So Novak Djokovic advances 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 and is looking in frighteningly good form. And somewhere, over in Monte Carlo, a little poodle called Pierre is turning exuberant cartwheels, no doubt urinating in great, golden arcs as he goes. Joy unbound! Pierre's owner is safely through to the Wimbledon quarter-finals.
Djokovic, whose perfect season was ended by Roger Federer in the French Open semifinals, never faced a break point in the match, which took all of 1 hour, 41 minutes.