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Wimbledon: Flawless Novak Djokovic enters 3rd round

Published: 30th Jun 2021 8:42 pm

Wimbledon: The rematch of the 2018 Wimbledon final ended with another straight-set win for Novak Djokovic. The top-ranked Serb delivered what he called an “almost flawless performance” in beating Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 on Centre Court to reach the third round.

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Djokovic never faced a break point and broke for 5-3 in the third set with a forehand winner before converting his second match point when Anderson sent a shot long.

It was the two-time defending champion’s 16th straight match win at Wimbledon.

John Isner played another five-setter but couldn’t quite create another epic this time. Isner was broken in the final game to lose 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-4 to Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan in the first round.

They were playing on the same court where Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set in 2010, the longest match in the history of tennis. The rules at Wimbledon have since been changed to prevent such marathon fifth sets.

Denis Shapovalov reached the third round for the first time after his second-round opponent Pablo Andujar pulled out with a rib injury ahead of their match.

The 10th-seeded Shapovalov overcame Philipp Kohlschreiber in five sets on Tuesday. Queen’s Club tournament champion Matteo Berrettini remained unbeaten on grass this season by defeating Guido Pella 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.

Former U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori also advanced. He beat Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 for his 100th Grand Slam match win.

Alize Cornet upset Bianca Andreescu for the second time in two weeks by beating the fifth-seeded Canadian 6-2, 6-1 in the women’s first round.

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