Edinburgh's Jacob Fearnley leaves Wimbledon Court to standing ovation

Jacob Fearnley (right) following his defeat to Novak Djokovic
-Credit: (Image: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.)

Edinburgh's Jacob Fearnley left the Wimbledon court on Thursday to a standing ovation after battling it out with Novak Djokovic.

While Fearnley bowed out after a 6-3 6-4 5-7 7-5 loss, the 22-year-old made the most of the occasion and his opponent praised the Scottish player.

The Edinburgh-born right-hander followed in the footsteps of compatriot Andy Murray by being able to take on Djokovic on Centre Court to continue his dream debut week at the Championships.

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After a tense three-hour match, Fearnley left the court to a standing ovation after the players embraced in the middle of the court.

Speaking to the BBC, Djokovic praised the 22-year-old and said: "First and foremost huge congratulations to Jacob for an amazing match today. He put in a great effort and played very good tennis. He deserves a great round of applause. I haven't had the chance to see him play. Actually, just two days ago, I seen him for the first time and obviously there is an element of surprise and nothing to lose.

"Him playing at Wimbledon was always going to be tough. Most of the British players grow up being exposed to grass courts, quick surfaces and know exactly how to play.

Jacob Fearnley in action against Novak Djokovic  (not pictured)  on court
Jacob Fearnley in action -Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

"A very windy day with challenging conditions. He served very well. It was difficult to break his serve. He made me work and I was probably a bit lucky in the fourth not to go a break down. Maybe I could have won the match in three but I think all in all this match potentially deserved to get into the fifth with the way we both played and the way he played particularly in the fourth. But I am very glad it didn't!

"Sometimes you have rough days where you are not feeling your best and of course it also depends on the opponent across the net. Today I thought Jacob played at a high level and he made me earn this victory. All in all it was a victory at the end of the day, I will take it and hopefully I can play better in the next round."