Wimbledon 2017: Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev storm into last 16, Caroline Wozniacki advances

London: Novak Djokovic returned to the fourth round at Wimbledon by beating Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (2).

The second-seeded Djokovic lost in the third round at the All England Club last year. On Monday, he will be making his 10th appearance in the final 16 of a tournament he has won three times.

Djokovic won nine consecutive games at one point — the final four of the first set and the first five of the next — and though he was unable to break Gulbis in the third set, he claimed the first three points of the tiebreaker and won the match on the Latvian's forced error.

Tennis - Wimbledon - London, Britain - July 8, 2017   Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates during his third round match against Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis    REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge - RTX3ANCK

Novak Djokovic celebrates during his third round match against Ernests Gulbis. Reuters

"I thought I raised the level of tennis," Djokovic said in a television interview. "Comparing to the first couple of matches and the last couple of weeks, I think this was the most focused I was on the court."

Djokovic, who won in Eastbourne last week, will next face Adrian Mannarino. He defeated Mannarino in the second round at Wimbledon a year ago.

10th seeded German Alexander Zverev beat Austrian qualifier Sebastian Ofner 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon for the sixth time, coming back to beat Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2.

The fifth-seeded Wozniacki has never reached the quarterfinals at the All England Club — the only Grand Slam tournament in which she failed to advance to that stage.

She trailed 5-3 in the second set before winning the next two games. Kontaveit, ranked No 38, broke Wozniacki in the next game for a 6-5 lead, but Wozniacki held and won the tiebreaker before controlling the third set.

"I felt she started to get just a little bit nervous at the end of the second set and I just went for it at that point," Wozniacki said in a television interview.

Wozniacki will next face 24th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe of the United States in the next round.

CoCo Vandeweghe advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon for the third consecutive year with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Alison Riske.

The No 24-seeded Vandeweghe had 23 winners, compared to Riske's five.

The 25-year-old Vandeweghe reached the semifinals of the Australian Open, where she lost to runner-up Venus Williams. She lost in the opening round of the French Open.

Riske, who is 27, reached the third round for the third time in her seven appearances in the main draw.


Published Date: Jul 08, 2017 11:15 pm | Updated Date: Jul 08, 2017 11:15 pm


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