Serbian Novak Djokovic, the first seed and defending champion, did not find any difficulty in reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam in tennis, as was the case of Tunisian third seed Anas Jaber, who reached the same round.
Djokovic, whose only hope for Wimbledon is a big title this season, beat him from the quarter-finals of Roland Garros, and before that he was deported from the Australian Championship for not receiving the vaccine, which will also prevent him from participating in Flushing Meadows unless there is a change in New York laws, on his compatriot. Miomir Kitsmanovic 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 in 1 hour 52 minutes.
“Things are good so far,” said Djokovic, who reached the fourth round for the fifth time in a row at Wimbledon, the winner of the last three editions, the 14th in his career and the 55th in the “Grand Slam”.
“I expect high levels of myself,” the Serbian added. You always want to raise the level and things are getting better.”
Djokovic raised the number of his victories in the All-England stadiums to 24 in a row and to 82 in total, enhancing the record in the major tournaments that he achieved in the first round when he achieved his eighty victory.
The 35-year-old needed only 24 minutes to win the first set cleanly after he broke his compatriot’s serve in three games, but he faced greater resistance in the second set, in which he dominated the tie as a result of each player winning by sending.
But Djokovic made the difference in the eighth game by snatching Kitsmanovic’s serve to lead 5-3, before winning it 6-3 in 44 minutes.
Commenting on the course of the meeting, he said, “I started very well, with a lot of rush,” adding with some joking, “This means that I’ve been playing tennis for many years.”
In the third set, Djokovic did not wait until the eighth game to create the difference, but achieved that in the third game and then repeated it in the seventh game to advance 5-2, but he returned and lost his serve in the next game for the first time in the meeting, before taking advantage of his serve in the tenth game, Finishing the set 6-4 in 44 minutes as well.
What increases Djokovic’s desire to win the Wimbledon title is that he will join only three players who have won the English championship four times in a row, they are Bjorn Borg, Sampras and Federer.
But the Serbian faces a not easy test in the fourth round, where he meets Dutchman Tim van Riethoven, who continued his adventure in his first participation in the “Grand Slam” by defeating Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
The 25-year-old is participating in the English championship with a wild card, and he has previously only participated in two ATP tournaments in 2016 in Winston-Salem, USA and this year before the English championship when he dropped the Russian world number one Daniil Medvedev in the final of the Sohertokhonbos tournament Dutch and crowned the title.
Like Djokovic, the world’s second-ranked Jaber did not find it difficult to reach the fourth round, by defeating Frenchwoman Diane Barry 6-2, 6-3.
Jaber, ranked third in the tournament, needed 68 minutes to overcome her opponent’s obstacle and set up a date in the next round with the twenty-fourth Belgian Elise Mertens, who in turn defeated 15th German Angelique Kerber 6-4, 7-5.
And Jaber hit hard at the beginning of the match and advanced in the first set 5-0 before finishing it in her favour, 6-2 in 39 minutes.
The Frenchwoman showed resistance in the second set and imposed a 3-3 tie before Jaber broke her serve in the seventh game and advanced 4-3 and then won the next two games and ended it in her favour in 29 minutes.
“I played a good match, it is not easy to play against young talents,” such as Barry, who is 19 years old, said Jaber.
The Tunisian, who has not lost any group in three matches so far, added, “She started well in the tournament that was allocated to her in good preparation in Berlin,” referring to her crowning of the German capital tournament on June 19, the second for her on grass courts in her professional career after the first in Birmingham English course last year.
Jaber reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon last year, her best result in the major tournaments, in addition to reaching the same role in the Australian Open in 2020.
On the other hand, the Greek Maria Skari, the fifth, joined the list of the women who left the tournament early, such as the Estonian Annette Kontaveit, third in the world, the British Emma Radukano, the champion of Flushing Meadows, and the Spanish Garbine Mugurosa, the champion of 2017, by falling in the third round against German Tatiana Maria, the 103rd in the world 3-6, 5-7 .
The young Spaniard Carlos Alcaras V continued his adventure with the 19-year-old’s victory over German Oscar Otte with complete ease 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 in an hour and 38 minutes, to reach the fourth round in his second participation.
The next test will be much more difficult for the most prominent rising face in the game at present, as the twenty-year-old meets Italian Yannick Sener, the tenth, who beat American John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) and 6-3, to also reach this role for the first time. In his second post.
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