Unstoppable Djokovic silences Tomic

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A solitary break in sets two and three was sufficient for Djokovic to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon for the seventh consecutive year.

After a promising start to 2015, including an Australian Open last 16 appearance, he lost five successive matches before suffering a five-set defeat against teenage compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis in the French Open second round.

No. 7 Milos Raonic of Canada had a bit of a tussle against 37-year-old Tommy Haas of Germany, who lives in Los Angeles.

“This gentleman gave me his artificial leg and my signature will make him feel better”, he quipped, before giving his future opponents a warning as to his current form. Asked if she was any good at the Italian game, Sharapova responded: “Terrible”.

“I was actually talking about that in the locker room”, he said. “I’m going to play against one of them, so let’s hope I can play well”. “Beating Dimitrov in straight sets is not an easy task on the grass”.

In the women’s section, World No. 1 Serena Williams survived a scare against Brit Heather Watson.

On Friday it was the turn of the talented Australian Bernard Tomic to feel the heat of the Djokovic game as the world No1 recorded a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory that was utterly ruthless.

“If he’s No.1, he’s obviously there for a reason”.

The Serbian star, who owns eight major titles, beat seven-time champion Roger Federer in last year’s marquee Wimbledon finale. She has been back in the final at the All England Club only once since then, losing to Petra Kvitova in 2011.

Djokovic will meet capable Aussie Bernard Tomic in the third round.

“He’s been around so many years and is a very nice guy, one of the nicest off the court”.

Defending champion and top seed Djokovic reached the third round with a 6-4 6-2 6-3 victory over Jarkko Nieminen which brought down the curtain on the Finn’s All England Club career. He waved his arms in the middle of a point that he lost.

As if he needed to: His victory included 38 winners, almost three times his 13 unforced errors; 26 net points and the expected skill and precision.

Maria Sharapova, the No 4 seed in the women’s competition, was a 6-3, 6-1 victor against Richel Hogenkamp.

LONDON (AP) – Venus Williams is no longer the player she once was, on account of the passage of time and the day-to-day ups and downs of an energy-sapping condition. The Belgian beat Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 earlier in the day.

It took only an hour.

Fellow Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sloane Stephens saw their tournaments end in the third round.

Kyrgios fired another verbal volley at Wimbledon officials during a heated 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-4 win over Argentina’s Juan Monaco earlier in the day.

Ahead of his Tomic clash, Djokovic said that he anticipates a tough game.

As always, Kyrgios put on quite a show along the way.

Kyrgios received a code violation in the second set after slamming his racket to the ground so hard it bounced over the back wall into the crowd. He will next play Richard Gasquet of France.

The most controversial occurred at 6-5 in the opening set when a line judge made a complaint to the umpire after Kyrgios had uttered an string of expletives in response to his missed shot.

Court Two also hosted the other half of tennis’s golden couple with Sharapova’s boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov, the 11th seed, outlasting American Steve Johnson 7-6 (8), 6-2, 7-6 (2).

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At the moment, even that is apparently not enough to beat Williams. However, he had to turn it inside out after it was apparently deemed too colorful for the tournament’s all-white dress code.

Novak Djokovic - Jarkko Nieminen