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Wimbledon 2017: Novak Djokovic enters last 16 for 10th time

Novak Djokovic reached the Wimbledon fourth round for the 10th time with a 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (7/2) win over Ernests Gulbis of Latvia.

tennis Updated: Jul 08, 2017 23:19 IST
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Novak Djokovic beat Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (7/2) to enter the last 16 at Wimbledon 2017.
Novak Djokovic beat Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (7/2) to enter the last 16 at Wimbledon 2017. (Twitter )

Three-times Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic roared his way into the fourth round with a 6-4 6-1 7-6(2) defeat of unpredictable Latvian Ernests Gulbis on Centre Court.

The 30-year-old Serb began slowly before taking control and then snuffed out a Gulbis counter-attack in the third set to set up a clash with Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.

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Djokovic, seeded two, looked fired up throughout the contest, telling the umpire to “focus” early on after some close line calls and then bellowing at himself after winning two points in the third-set tiebreak.

“I’m delighted, I raised my level of tennis today compared to the first two rounds,” Djokovic, who has reached the second week for the 10th time, said.

“This was the most focussed I’ve been on the court for the last couple of weeks.”

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Djokovic trailed 4-2 in the first set as former top-10 player Gulbis, now down at 589 in the rankings having had his career interrupted by injuries, began impressively.

But once Djokovic broke back thanks to a double fault he took command and was relatively untroubled, although he did have to raise his game in the third set as Gulbis went for broke.

Raonic, Berdych also advance

Sixth seed Canadian Milos Raonic recorded 55 winners on his way to a 7-6(3) 6-4 7-5 victory over Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the third round match on Court One.

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Last year’s finalist Raonic reached the second week of the championship for the third time in seven appearances.

Meanwhile, Tomas Berdych used his volleying skills to claim 14 of his 15 points at the net and beat Spaniard David Ferrer 6-3 6-4 6-3 in the third round.

The 2010 finalist progressed to the last 16 for the ninth time in his 14th consecutive Wimbledon appearance.