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Novak Djokovic Staves Off Stan Wawrinka Comeback To Beat Wimbledon Curfew | ATP Tour

Novak Djokovic Staves Off Stan Wawrinka Comeback To Beat Wimbledon Curfew | ATP Tour


Novak Djokovic’s blockbuster third-round match towards three-time main winner Stan Wawrinka was one-way visitors on Centre Courtroom for a lot of Friday night.

Regardless of a late begin and a late surge from Wawrinka, the seven-time champion Djokovic prevented the potential for the match carrying over to Saturday by defeating the Swiss star 6-3, 6-1, 7-6(5) at simply previous 10:45 p.m.

“I’ve to say that it is superb what Stan is doing. Nonetheless his age, after a number of surgical procedures. We’re two previous guys preventing with the younger weapons, I believe it is essential to acknowledge that,” Djokovic stated in his on-court interview. “It is superb. It is inspiring. Like Andy [Murray], he was compelled to drop [in] the rankings within the final couple of years [and is] attempting to construct his rating.

“We have had some superb battles on the largest courts within the sport. I respect Stan so much as a participant, I actually love him as an individual. He is a particularly good man. So I want him all the very best for the for the remainder of the season.”

After profitable his second-round conflict Thursday, Wawrinka made clear he didn’t imagine he would upset the second seed. “Hopefully I could make a aggressive match, but when you’ll take a look at latest outcomes, I do not actually stand an opportunity,” he stated.

The previous World No. 3’s phrases proved prophetic. Wawrinka battled again to carry from 0/40 in his first service sport of the match, however the adversity was an indication of issues to return. Djokovic was laser-focussed en path to beating his opponent and the 11 p.m. curfew underneath the lights.

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Wawrinka has as a lot firepower as any participant on Tour, which he has used to defeat Djokovic on the Australian Open, Roland Garros and the US Open (solely Roger Federer has defeated the Serbian in any respect 4 majors). However Djokovic absorbed all of Wawrinka’s aggression with out showing in issue, and all the time gave the impression to be a step forward in rallies within the first two units.

After Djokovic earned his second service break of the second set, Wawrinka quietly flicked his arms within the air in exasperation, questioning what he may do to show the match round.

The Swiss confirmed his champion’s spirit within the third set, elevating his stage to make a match of it to the group’s delight. However regardless of profitable 4 consecutive factors within the third-set tie-break to show a 1/3 deficit to a 5/3 benefit, he was unable to pressure a fourth set as his first serve abandoned him. His first supply proved problematic all through the match, as he solely landed 42 per cent of them towards the most effective returners in historical past.

Djokovic buckled down when he wanted to, advancing after two hours and 6 minutes lower than quarter-hour earlier than curfew. He’s now 18-4 in tie-breaks this yr and 3-0 on this version of The Championships.

“He was two factors away from extending this match to a different day. Coming into the courtroom immediately, we knew that it was going to be actually tight to complete the match immediately,” Djokovic stated. “One in every of us needed to win in straight units and it regarded very, superb for me the primary two units. Then he raised his stage, I dropped mine somewhat bit. And yeah, [the] crowd acquired concerned. It was a very good environment. And hopefully you guys loved it.”

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The 23-time main champion now leads Wawrinka 21-6 of their Lexus ATP Head2Head sequence. This was simply their third assembly because the 2016 US Open closing, which the Swiss received.

Djokovic will subsequent play seventeenth seed Hubert Hurkacz, who defeated 14th seed Lorenzo Musetti 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-4 earlier within the day. The Polish star arrived at Wimbledon having not received greater than two consecutive matches since February in Marseille.

However Hurkacz has discovered his kind on the London grass, profitable all three of his matches in straight units with out dropping serve. Djokovic leads the pair’s Lexus ATP Head2Head sequence 5-0, however wanted 4 units towards Hurkacz within the third spherical of The Championships in 2019.



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