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Wimbledon: Djokovic dispatches Anderson to enter 3rd round

By IANS Updated: Jul 01, 2021 1:26 am
Novak Djokovic slips on the grass during the men’s singles second round match against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson on day three of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London on Wednesday. (PTI)

London, June 30 (IANS) Top seed and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic cruised through to the third round at Wimbledon with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win over 2018 finalist Kevin Anderson on Wednesday.

Djokovic was dominant as he won four out of the eight break points he got and did not face any break point from the South African who seems to have plateaued after a good start to his career.

The Serb won 84 per cent of the points on his first serve and 73 per cent of the points on second serve.

Anderson committed three double faults to Djokovic’s one.

Djokovic is eyeing a hat-trick of Wimbledon titles, a feat that only Roger Federer, Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras have achieved previously.

In another match, seventh-seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini scored a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 victory over Guido Pella of Argentina in two hours and 16 minutes to advance to the second round. The 25-year-old Berrettini smashed 20 aces.

“[My confidence was] definitely something that helped me today when things got a little bit complicated,” said Berrettini.

Also winning was Kei Nishikori, who became only the 12th active player to record 100 Grand Slam match wins after he defeated Australian Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to enter the second round.

However, 20th seed Aslan Karatsev, a rising start from Russia, crashed out in the first round after he lost to Jeremy Chardy 7-6(4), 7-6(6), 6-3.

By IANS Updated: Jul 01, 2021 1:26:03 am