LONDON–One other day, one other milestone reached for Novak Djokovic as he racked up Grand Slam victory quantity 350 by dispatching Australia’s Jordan Thompson at Wimbledon on Wednesday.
The defending champion was given a radical exercise by Thompson however at all times regarded in management on the essential moments as he gained 6-3 7-6(4) 7-5 to maneuver into the third spherical.
He joins Roger Federer and Serena Williams as the one gamers to have reached 350 wins on the Slams, however the 36-year-old has his eyes firmly fastened on increased targets.
Enjoying along with his regular scientific accuracy he ultimately subdued Thompson who supplied up some factor uncommon at Wimbledon nowadays — some serve and volley tennis.
It definitely saved Djokovic sincere however the second seeded Serb, bidding to win a record-equalling eighth Wimbledon and fifth in a row, at all times regarded in management.
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Thompson, ranked 70, was inside two factors of leveling the match on the sharp finish of the second set however as soon as Djokovic got here via the tiebreak with a few well timed aces thrown in, there was solely actually more likely to be one consequence.
That stated, Thompson, given loud backing by the Centre Courtroom crowd determined to see a contest, refused to slink away.
However serving at 5-6 within the third set the Australian couldn’t hold Djokovic at bay and he netted a volley to finish the competition.
Djokovic prolonged his profitable streak on grass to 30 matches, along with his final defeat coming towards Marin Cilic within the 2018 Queen’s Membership remaining, however admitted he was pushed arduous.
“He was a bit unfortunate within the second set. He had some probabilities however yeah, he performed an amazing match and deserves a giant spherical of applause for certain,” Djokovic stated.
Whereas Djokovic definitely doesn’t want any assist as he goals for a twenty fourth Grand Slam title to match the all-time report of Margaret Courtroom, issues are definitely falling his means.
He has prevented being snagged by the rain delays and the draw appears inviting.
Up subsequent is both Swiss veteran Stan Wawrinka, who he famously misplaced to within the French Open remaining eight years in the past, or Argentina’s twenty ninth seed Tomas Etcheverry.
Wawrinka and Etcheverry will play their delayed second-round match on Thursday after it was one among a number of matches canceled due to rain delays on Wednesday.
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