Fiji Time: 3:48 PM on Wednesday 18 January

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Djokovic survives Wimbledon test

Afp
Friday, June 27, 2014

LONDON - Top seed Novak Djokovic has survived a testing centre court examination at the hands of close friend and veteran serve-and-volleyer Radek Stepanek to reach the Wimbledon third round.

Djokovic, the 2011 champion, carved out a 6-4 6-3 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/5) victory over the 35-year-old Czech who has now lost 11 of the pair's 12 meetings.

But the world No.2 progressed the hard way, squandering a 5-2 lead in the third set tie-break before recovering his composure.

Confident statistics of 18 aces and 54 winners helped lay the foundation for victory and a third round clash with French world number 44 Gilles Simon.

"I should have closed it out in the third set. I had some break point chances and the lead in the tie-break, so I should not have complicated my life in this way, but credit to him," Djokovic said.

Defending champion Andy Murray handed out a tough Wimbledon lesson to Slovenia's Blaz Rola, a former US college champion, coasting to a 6-1 6-1 6-0 win over a grasscourt rookie playing just the 10th match of his career.

The British third seed eased to victory in just 84 minutes, hitting seven aces and 27 winners against the world number 92 and goes on to face Spanish 27th seed Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the last 16.

"It's his first year on grass so it was tough for him. But he has a good game and he'll keep improving," said Murray.

"I took care of my serve for the majority of the match and I played well. If you can finish matches as quick as possible then that's better in the long run."

Spanish seventh seed David Ferrer failed in his bid to reach an 18th consecutive third round at a Grand Slam when he was knocked out by Russian qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov.

The 32-year-old Ferrer last failed to reach the third round at a major at the 2010 Australian Open, but Kuznetsov, the world No.118, claimed a famous 6-7 (5/7) 6-0 3-6 6-3 6-2 win to reach the third round for the first time.

Ferrer had come into the tournament still suffering the after-effects of the stomach illness which forced him out of the 's-Hertogenbosch grasscourt warm-up in the Netherlands last week.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.63750.6185
JPY 55.628252.6282
GBP 0.39210.3841
EUR 0.45550.4435
NZD 0.68430.6513
AUD 0.64840.6234
USD 0.49010.4731

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 18th January, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Ministry to defend its workers
  2. Gift of horses
  3. Fijian Jimmy Snuka dies
  4. Party politics
  5. Test for Baber
  6. Kiribati ready to work land
  7. No official correspondence on Netanyahu visit
  8. No heavy vehicles on Bau road
  9. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
  10. Health setback

Top Stories this Week

  1. Brothers appear for alleged assault, granted bail Saturday (14 Jan)
  2. Barber opens new $75k investment Friday (13 Jan)
  3. Police investigate officer's testimony Friday (13 Jan)
  4. Kinoya sinkhole discovery, traffic restricted Thursday (12 Jan)
  5. Tractor to help farmers overcome labour shortage Friday (13 Jan)
  6. Institution faces probe Friday (13 Jan)
  7. QVS opening delayed Sunday (15 Jan)
  8. Snap search uncovers contraband in remand centre Sunday (15 Jan)
  9. Morning blaze destroys home Saturday (14 Jan)
  10. Mourning period ends for the late Roko Tui Bau Saturday (14 Jan)