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Djokovic, Wawrinka Through To Last 16

Posted: Jul 5, 2015 at 1:13 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Defending champion Novak Djokovic powered into the fourth round at Wimbledon and is yet to drop a set in this year’s championship.

The top seed beat Australian Bernard Tomic 6-3 6-3 6-3 to set up a meeting with South African Kevin Anderson.

French Open champion Stan Wawrinka also went through but last year’s semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov is out.

Canada’s seventh seed Milos Raonic lost in four sets to 20-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios.

Kyrgios beat Raonic, another 2014 semi-finalist, 5-7 7-5 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 and will play Richard Gasquet for a place in the quarter-finals, after the Frenchman beat Bulgarian Dimitrov 6-3 6-4 6-4.

Wawrinka, the Swiss fourth seed, beat Spain’s Fernando Verdasco 6-4 6-3 6-4 and faces Belgian 16th seed David Goffin next.

Djokovic has reached the second week of Wimbledon for the seventh year running by winning all nine sets he has contested.

As he left the court, he was inundated with requests for autographs – including one more unusual one.

“This gentleman gave me his artificial leg and I hope my signature will make him feel good,” he said.

“It has been great so far. I was hoping I could play better and better as the tournament progresses and that is what is happening. As we are moving on, I feel more confident.

“My serve was very good today. I won a lot of free points and that takes away a lot of pressure. Maybe it looks like I haven’t been tested but I have. I have played a couple of good players. It will get harder.”

Wawrinka made quick work of his third-round match against Verdasco, the world number 42.

The 30-year-old Swiss, who beat Djokovic in the French Open final at Roland Garros, was barely knocked out of his stride as he continued his quest for a first Wimbledon title.

“I have the results so far  three sets each match. That’s why I’m saying it’s perfect matches. In Grand Slams, you have to win and to win in three sets, it’s great,” said Wawrinka, a Wimbledon quarter-finalist in 2014.

“I’m playing better and better. I’ve been serving really well since the beginning of the tournament, being really aggressive. It was a really solid match, I’m really happy with it.”