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Djokovic fends off Hewitt to reach quarters

Third seed Novak Djokovic fended off a typically gritty charge from Lleyton Hewitt to win their fourth-round contest 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 at Wimbledon on Monday.

sports Updated: Jun 29, 2010 15:19 IST

Third seed Novak Djokovic fended off a typically gritty charge from Lleyton Hewitt to win their fourth-round contest 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 at Wimbledon on Monday.

Djokovic claimed a tight opening set with the only break of the first set and seemed to have the measure of the 2002 champion from Australia when he took a two-set lead with barely 80 minutes on the clock.

But he took on-court medication after complaining of feeling sick and Hewitt seized his chance in the third before Djokovic sealed a fist-pumping triumph with a ripping crosscourt forehand before stripping off and hurling his shirt into the crowd.

He will play either Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun for a place in the semi-finals.