Novak Djokovic cruises through to the fourth round of Wimbledon after beating his fellow Serbian and friend Miomir Kecmanovic in straight sets on Centre Court, but he insists ‘I know I can always do better’
- Novak Djokovic is through to the Wimbledon fourth round for the 13th time
- The six-time champion beat fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in straight sets
- The 35-year-old triumphed 6-0 6-3 6-4 as he pursues another Grand Slam title
Novak Djokovic booked his place in the fourth round at Wimbledon and a meeting with the unknown.
The defending champion and number one seed beat fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic 6-0 6-3 6-4 for his 35th straight win on Centre Court.
Djokovic is no stranger to the last 16 at the All England Club, having now reached that stage for the 13th time.
Novak Djokovic is through to the fourth round of Wimbledon after beating Miomir Kecmanović
The 35-year-old superstar won 6-0 6-3 6-4 as he pursues a seventh British Grand Slam title
But he has never before met Dutch wild card Tim van Rijthoven, the breakout star of the summer in the men’s draw.
Djokovic had little trouble dispatching his friend and countryman until he served for the set at 5-2 and was promptly broken.
So the 35-year-old, seeking a seventh SW19 title, cut an irritated figure as he served out the match at the second attempt.
Fellow Serbian Kecmanovic put up a valiant effort against the current World No 3 but lost out
‘Honestly I think I have been playing better and better as the tournament progresses which is something you always wish for,’ he said.
‘You want to raise the level of tennis up a notch each match, so that’s what’s happening.
‘I know I can always do better and I always expect the highest from myself. But so far so good and I look forward to the next round.’
Meanwhile, Kazakh star Alexander Bublik hit six underarm serves in one service game during a four-set defeat to America’s Frances Tiafoe.
Djokovic will next take on Dutch wild card Tim van Rijthoven, who he has never played before
Bublik had the crowd on Court Two in stitches as he saved three break points and even won the game, albeit to trail 1-3 in the fourth set.
His antics prompted Nick Kyrgios, the master of the underarm serve, to tweet: ‘I love it, it’s different.
‘But if it was me, I would be accused of tanking and get fined a minimum of 15 thousand pounds.’