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Novak Djokovic has never lost to a qualifier in a Grand Slam tournament. On Friday, he extended that streak to 21 straight wins. In the third round of Wimbledon 2021, he defeated the highest-ranked Serbian and defender Denis Kudla 6:4, 6:3, 7:6 (7), increasing the match tally with the American to 3-0.
Djokovic started slowly. In the first set he had problems coming back, even in the 10th game he forced his opponent into some fouls and eventually scored a break. In the second game, winning 6-3, the Serbian sentiment was torn. He showed passive body language, shouted loudly and elicited reactions from the audience. The third edition was the hardest for Belgrade. He was losing 0:3, but broke the tie, saving the set ball and winning 9-7.
For Djokovic (eight aces on Friday, four breaks and 34 goals), this is his 55th career progression to the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament, second only to Roger Federer (68). In the 1/8 Championship Finals, he scored his thirteenth entry, giving him third place in the standings all-time, behind Federer (17) and Jimmy Connors (16).
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I have to tell Dennis he played great. The third set was equal, in the tiebreak period he was in the lead, but I found a way to win – he said in an interview with the BBC Serbian, who will be his next opponent Christian Garin. It is noteworthy that the Chilean Championship “17” eliminated Pedro Martinez and will play for the first time in the second week of Wimbledon.
Diego Schwartzman is ranked ninth in the tournament. The Argentine lost in four sets to Marton Fukowicz, who thus became the first Hungarian singles player at Wimbledon 1/8 since 1980, when Palazzo Tarucci reached this stage. For the quarter-finals, the 29-year-old from Nyregyhaze will face Andrei Rublev, the “five” tournament.
Number eight, Roberto Bautista, a semi-finalist at the previous edition of Wimbledon, sent three aces, used eight break points and defeated Dominic Kupfer 7:5, 6:1, 7:6 (4). For the Spaniard, it is the twelfth promotion to the fourth round of the Grand Slam tournament in his career, and the fourth in London.
Championships, Wimbledon (UK)
Grand Slam tournament, grass field, prizes totaling 35 million pounds
Friday 2 July
3rd round singles:
Novak Djokovic (Serbia, 1) – Denis Kudla (US, Q) 6:4, 6:3, 7:6 (7)
Roberto Bautista (Spain 8) beat Dominic Kupfer (Germany) 7-5, 6-1, 7-6 (4).
Cristian Garin (Chile 17) beat Pedro Martinez (Spain) 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Marton Fukowicz (Hungary) beat Diego Schwartzman (Argentina 9) 6-3 6-3 6-7 6-4.
Men’s Championship Program and Results
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