2024 Wimbledon Day 4: Sun Returns With Djokovic, Swiatek, Murray Farewell

by Staff | July 4th, 2024, 6:16 am
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The sun is finally back out at Wimbledon and what a day for it. Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek are on Centre Court with Andy Murray opening his final Wimbledon partnering with brother Jamie in the doubles events.

Djokovic had no issues with his surgically repaired right knee in a crushing win over Vit Kopriva in just under two hours.

“I didn’t have any kind of pain that I had in that match today,” Djokovic said Tuesday. “So that’s good. Yeah, obviously started a little bit more cautious, I would say. I didn’t really maybe go for certain shots 100% in terms of, like, the far balls at the first set.

“I played I think just enough to win confidently in straight sets. I felt like as the match progressed, I moved better. Those couple points I think when I broke him in the second set, I did one slide. That was the first slide of the grass court season for me. I haven’t done it even in a practice week. So that was a great test.

After that, I felt happy that I did it because in a way you also feel mentally hesitant to do those extreme movements. But knowing that I can do it is, obviously, very comforting and very positive.”

Today, the Serb will face Brit Jacob Fearnley who just left TCU in Texas.

“I’ve watched so many videos of him. It doesn’t look like there’s many flaws in his game. I’m going to just try and enjoy it, put my game out on the court and see what happens,” Fearnley said. “I don’t think there’s many tactics going into the match.”

On Court 1, the top two British men, Jack Draper and Cameron Norrie, lock up with Norrie having a 2-0 record against his younger countryman.

“I think we have huge respect for each other, for one. We’ve practiced together so many times. Been a part of Davis Cup together,” Draper said. “I wouldn’t say we’re extremely close, but we definitely support each other. We definitely have a great relationship.

“I think it’s going to be an interesting matchup against him because we both know each other’s games. We know each other personally. It’s definitely going to be a tough match. I think it’s going to bring out a really good level.”

Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Hubert Hurkacz and Holger Rune are also on court.

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek won the Wimbledon juniors in 2018 but hasn’t made the last eight at the main draw level. She’ll hope to change that this year as she takes on a familiar foe in Petra Martic.

Former champion Elena Rybakina, British No. 1 Katie Boulter, Madison Keys and Jelena Ostapenko are on the schedule.

Jacob Fearnley (GBR) v Novak Djokovic (SRB) [2]
Iga Swiatek (POL) [1] v Petra Martic (CRO)
Rinky Hijikata (AUS) / John Peers (AUS) v Andy Murray (GBR) / Jamie Murray (GBR)

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
Katie Boulter (GBR) [32] v Harriet Dart (GBR)
Jack Draper (GBR) [28] v Cameron Norrie (GBR)
Marcos Giron (USA) v Alexander Zverev (GER) [4]

NO.2 COURT – 11:00AM
Hubert Hurkacz (POL) [7] v Arthur Fils (FRA)
Not Before: 1:00pm
Gael Monfils (FRA) leads Stan Wawrinka (SUI) To Finish 7-6(5) 6-4 5-5
Ons Jabeur (TUN) [10] v Robin Montgomery (USA)
Elena Rybakina (KAZ) [4] v Laura Siegemund (GER)

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