Djokovic Cruises To 24th Straight Grass Win, Sinner To Face Alcaraz; Kyrgios v Tsitsipas
Novak Djokovic continued his dominant form cruising past countryman Miomir Kecmanovic 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 to reach his 14th career Wimbledon fourth round.
Djokovic has now won his last 24 matches on the surface and is the clear tournament favorite having won the title the last three years.
“I think I’ve been playing better and better as the tournament progresses,” said Djokovic on court. “That’s obviously something that you always wish for as a player, that every match that you play you raise the level of tennis up a notch at least, and I think that is what is happening at the moment.
“I know I can always do better. I always expect the highest from myself, but I think so far, so good, and looking forward to the next challenge.”
Up next will be Tim Van Rijthoven who was unknown 30 days ago, but after a Den Bosch title and a win today over Nikolaz Basilashvili, he’s undefeated on grass at 8-0.
“From the outside it obviously looks like a fairytale because it came out of nowhere for a lot of people,” said van Rijthoven. “Also, the ATP title for me came out of nowhere because I didn’t even win an [ATP Challenger Tour] title before. I played some finals. The level there is just also very high.
“But it’s basically a sum-up of a lot of hard work, a lot of belief, and eventually very positive vibes just going into matches and going into practices. That is basically what’s happening right now, it’s because of that.”
Jannik Sinner stopped John Isner 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-3 to reach his first Wimbledon fourth round. Sinner has now made the fourth round at all four Slams. The big story was John Isner smashing Ivo Karolovic’s career ace record 13,728 with 24 aces today.
“I’m actually very proud of that record,” Isner said. “I wish I could have broken it in a win, but to have set the all-time aces record at Wimbledon I think is very special. It’s a credit to — in my mind — how professional I’ve been to keep myself healthy for such a long time, to keep myself on the court to give myself the opportunity to hit those aces.
“It is something I’m actually pretty proud of. I don’t pat myself on the back too much, but this one I think is pretty cool.”
Sinner now gets the hot new star Carlos Alacarz who eased into his first Wimbledon fourth round with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 win over Oscar Otte.
“I played unbelievable today,” Alcaraz said. “This was my best performance so far. I’m really happy with the level, and I will try to keep this level into the next round.
“I’m more comfortable to move on grass right now than in the first round, for example,” he added. “Every training, every match that I play… I feel more comfortable, and hope in the next round [that I will] feel more comfortable.
“Every day that, I feel more ready on grass.”
Alcaraz looked ahead to Sinner.
“Obviously Jannik is a good player,” Alcaraz said. “He plays unbelievable. He has a great level here on grass. He has won really good matches here, so it’s going to be a really tough round.
“But obviously I’m going to enjoy [it]. Playing against Jannik is always tough. I like to play these kind of matches, these kind of challenges.”
Cameron Norrie schooled Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-1, 6-0 to reach his first Grand Slam fourth round. Norrie is the favorite in the quarter which now sees David Goffin taking on Frances Tiafoe. Norrie will meet Tommy Paul who hasn’t dropped a set in his first Wimbledon.
Tomorrow, Rafael Nadal gets a first look at Italian Lorenzo Sonego and on Court 1 Nick Kyrgios collides with Stefanos Tsitsipas for the second time this grass season.
Kyrgios has won three of four but Tsitsipas has revenge on his mind.
SATURDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:30PM
1. Coco Gauff v Amanda Anisimova
2. Paula Badosa v Petra Kvitova
3. Lorenzo Sonego v Rafael Nadal
NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
1. Alex De Minaur v Liam Broady
2. Iga Swiatek v Alize Cornet
3. Nick Kyrgios v Stefanos Tsitsipas
NO.2 COURT – 11:00AM
1. Harmony Tan v Katie Boulter
2. Richard Gasquet v Botic Van De Zandschulp
3. Magdalena Frech v Simona Halep
NO.3 COURT – 11:00AM
1. Cristian Garin v Jenson Brooksby
2. Alex Molcan v Taylor Fritz
3. Petra Martic v Jessica Pegula
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