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Djokovic qualifies with difficulty, easy victory for Swiatek


Serbian Novak Djokovic, ranked second in the world and runner-up in the last edition, qualified for the third round of the British Wimbledon Championship, the third of the four Grand Slam tournaments in Tennis worldafter defeating youngster Jacob Fearnley.

The 37-year-old Djokovic found himself forced to play a match that extended to three hours in order to overcome his 22-year-old British opponent, with a score of 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5.

Although the veteran tennis star seemed on his way to an easy win in the first and second sets, he found it very difficult in the third set after losing his serve twice, and his suffering continued in the fourth set against a competitor ranked 277th in the world, before Djokovic succeeded in deciding the match in his favor.

“I’ve never seen Fearnley play, so there’s always an element of surprise,” Djokovic said after the match. “He had nothing to lose and served well. I was a bit lucky in the fourth set. I could have won it in three sets and there was a possibility of going to a fifth set.”

The Serbian star is expected to face Australian Alexei Popyrin, who defeated Argentine Thomas Etcheverry, in an upcoming match, seeking his eighth Wimbledon title and equaling Swiss Roger Federer’s record, and enhancing his record in terms of major titles (24).

It is worth noting that Djokovic is participating in his first tournament since suffering a cartilage injury during the Roland Garros tournament last month, which forced him to undergo surgery and give up the world rankings to Italian Jannik Sinner.

De Minaur continues his adventure at Wimbledon

In other Wimbledon matches, Australian Alex de Minaur, ranked ninth, also qualified for the third round after defeating Spaniard Jaume Munar 6-2, 6-2, 7-5, while Polish Hubert Hurkacz, ranked seventh, was the most prominent victim of the fourth day after his journey ended in the second round due to his withdrawal against Frenchman Arthur Fiss in a match in which he lost the first two sets 6-7 (2-7) and 4-6, then won the third 6-2 before withdrawing in the fourth when they were tied 6-6.

Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, the tenth seed, also qualified after a hard-fought victory over Chinese Junxing Zhang 5-7, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 in a match that lasted three hours and 26 minutes.

Dimitrov will meet in the third round the Frenchman Gael Monfils (37 years old), who won the veterans’ clash with the Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka (39 years old) by defeating the champion of Australia 2014, Roland Garros 2015 and Flushing Meadows 2016 in three sets 7-6 (7-5) and 6-4 and 7-6 (7-3), to reach the third round for the first time at Wimbledon since 2019. The Danish Holger Rune, the fifteenth, also qualified by defeating the Brazilian Thiago Feld 3-6 and 6-3 and 6-2 and 6-2.

Women’s results at Wimbledon

In the women’s draw, Swiatek, who is looking for her first title on the London grass and her sixth Grand Slam title, had little difficulty booking her ticket to the last 16 by defeating Croatian Petra Martic 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 23 minutes.

Tunisian Ons Jabeur ranked 10th in the world in tennis

Swiatek will meet in the third round of the English tournament, where she achieved her best result last year by reaching the quarter-finals, the 35th-ranked Kazakh Yulia Putintseva, after achieving her fourth victory over Martic out of four matches between the two players.

In turn, Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina, the fourth seed and 2022 champion, struggled to overcome the 37-year-old German Laura Siegemund, defeating her 6-3, 3-6, and 6-3 in two hours and 12 minutes.

Tunisian Ons Jabeur, runner-up in the last two editions and ranked tenth, also qualified for the third round after defeating 19-year-old American Robin Montgomery 6-1 and 7-5.

The 29-year-old Tunisian will meet in the third round for the fourth time in a row at the All London Club with the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, ranked 21st, who defeated the German Jules Niemeyer 6-3 and 6-4.

American Jessica Pegula, the fifth seed, was a victim of Chinese Wang Xinyu, losing to her in the second round 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), and 1-6.



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