Djokovic Eyes Third Round As Wimbledon Courts Spark Concern

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic serves the ball to Italy’s Matteo Berrettini throughout their males’s singles quarter-final tennis match on Day 11 of The Roland Garros 2021 French Open tennis match in Paris on June 9, 2021. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)

 

Five-time champion Novak Djokovic renews his long-standing Wimbledon rivalry with Kevin Anderson on Wednesday as critical questions are requested over the standard of the fabled Centre Court the place Serena Williams suffered her tournament-ending damage.

World primary Djokovic, trying to transfer alongside Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as a 20-time Grand Slam winner, has a 9-2 document over the massive South African.

That contains three wins at Wimbledon in 2011, 2015 and within the 2018 remaining.

Anderson was crushed in straight units in that championship match three years in the past, exhausted by back-to-back five-setters within the last-eight and semi-finals.

He defeated Federer 13-11 within the remaining set of their quarter-final conflict after which John Isner 26-24 within the fifth set of the semi-final.

Since that point, Anderson, now ranked 102 on the earth, has undergone two surgical procedures on his proper knee in 2019 and 2020.

“I never really thought of quitting,” stated 35-year-old Anderson.

Djokovic opens play on Centre Court, a day after seven-time champion Serena Williams retired with a proper leg damage after twice falling over within the first set of her opener in opposition to Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

The 39-year-old American left the world in tears as her dream of equalling Margaret Court’s document of 24 majors was once more thwarted.

– ‘Meticulous standard’ –

“I was heartbroken to have to withdraw,” she stated.

Her fall got here not lengthy after French participant Adrian Mannarino had slipped and damage himself on the identical a part of Centre Court.

He too needed to retire together with his match in opposition to Roger Federer degree at two units apiece.

“I do feel it feels a tad more slippery maybe under the roof,” stated Federer.

Despite the criticism, the All England Club insisted that the courts are as much as normal.

“The preparation of the grass courts has been to exactly the same meticulous standard as in previous years,” the membership stated in an announcement.

“The weather conditions on the opening two days have been the wettest we have experienced in almost a decade, which has required the roof to be closed on Centre Court and No.1 Court for long periods.”

Djokovic had additionally struggled to maintain his toes on Centre Court on Monday when he confronted Jack Draper in his first spherical tie.

The match has been hit by heavy rain over the the primary two days.

As a end result 50 first spherical matches remained unfinished initially of Wednesday’s schedule.

Fifth seeded Bianca Andreescu of Canada was knocked out 6-2, 6-1 by France’s Alize Cornet who famously defeated Serena Williams on her solution to the final 16 in 2014.

Andreescu, the 2019 US Open champion, continues to be to win a most important draw match at Wimbledon having misplaced within the first spherical as a qualifier in 2017.

– 100 wins for Nishikori –

Italian seventh seed Matteo Berrettini, the champion at Queen’s and tipped to go deep at Wimbledon, edged Argentina’s Guido Pella 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.

Japan’s Kei Nishikori, a two-time quarter-finalist, claimed his a hundredth Grand Slam match win by seeing off Australia’s Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

Britain’s Andy Murray gained his first singles match on the match in 4 years when he noticed off twenty fourth seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili two days in the past.

The three-time champion and former world primary, now down at 118 within the rankings, tackles qualifier Oscar Otte of Germany for a last-32 place later Wednesday.

Murray, 34, has overcome a career-threatening hip damage to nonetheless be taking part in on the highest degree.

Both Djokovic and Murray would have been buoyed by seeing world quantity 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas faraway from their half of the draw within the first spherical.

In the ladies’s match, Belarus second seed Aryna Sabalenka, but to make the last-eight of a Slam, faces British wild card Katie Boulter, the world 219.

Sabalenka gained their solely earlier assembly on the Australian Open in 2019.

Venus Williams, the 41-year-old five-time champion who made her match debut in 1997, takes on Ons Jabeur who’s hoping to turn into the primary Tunisian to make the third spherical.

Frances Tiafoe, who knocked out Tsitsipas, performs Vasek Pospisil of Canada.

AFP

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