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Novak Djokovic enters Wimbledon's fourth round for the 12th time

Novak Djokovic enters Wimbledon's fourth round for the 12th time

The defending champion Novak Djokovic overcame Hurkacz 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4 at 5/7.

Two months ago on Roland Garros, Novak Djokovic easily defeated Hubert Hurkacz. But during this reunion, things were more difficult than expected.

Hurkacz kept the initiative in the first set with superior delivery capabilities. The 22-year-old lost only one point after two early game handlers, before pushing Novak Djokovic to face the first break-point in the next game. However, the Serbian has escaped with an ace despite losing a single complaint in the game.

Shortly thereafter, the Polish player put himself in such a difficult position when he had two consecutive double errors. But Djokovic did not take advantage of the opportunity when the end of the durable ball was decided by a volley of volleyball.

It took a similar chance at the 5-5 draw, the first seed won the first game, before closing the difficult opening set that lasted nearly an hour. By his senior at the number of times the ball is delivered directly (4 shots ace), Hubert Hurkacz has scored more winner (14 points) and also has fewer mistakes (11 errors) in this set.

The tension continues in the second set when experiencing the first six games that no one faces the risk of breaking the ball. Before pulling together to the series, the world No. 48 player saved three consecutive break-points in the seventh game with a two-handed winner and after a too bad Nole serve.

In the battle of brainstorming, Hurkacz rose by the winner along the decision line in the hinge game, before hitting the perfect forehand to win 7-5.

Returning to himself in the final two sets, Djokovic easily crushed his opponents with powerful serve in a one-way match. He only took 17 minutes to finish the third set after the ninth ace in the match.

The clinging effort hoped to only help Hurkacz make the number one seed a bit harder in the final set, before accepting defeat after the fall and also melting the dream of the first time in his career to the fourth round Grand Slam.

In the last two sets, Djokovic did not face any break-points and lost only seven points at a serve.

During the entire match that lasted nearly three hours, the defending champion scored a total of 45 winner points and had 39 self-defeating errors, while Hurkacz was 48 points and 41 similar errors respectively.

This victory led Djokovic to his 12th appearance in the fourth round of Wimbledon and balanced the performance of legendary Boris Becker in the Open era, ranking behind the record of Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer 16 times.

His next opponent will be the winner of the 19th seed match Felix Auger-Aliassime and Ugo Humbert.