Federer Stills Has Nerves At Wimbledon

Posted July 09, 2017

I feel very confident on both sides. Pavlasek reached a career-high ranking of 72 back in January. Bethanie Mattek-Sands had to be removed from Court 17 on a stretcher after suffering a knee injury during her singles match.

"I served it out really well to finish".

Djokovic was asked about those comments several times at Wimbledon on Thursday after reaching the third round. Not sure why. But I was able to come back in the set, breaking at 2-0.

Gulbis did recover in the third set and pushed the former world number one hard, stretching the contest to a tiebreak.

Long rallies will be a rarity as Zverev's serve-volley tactics come up against Federer's chip-and-charge approach and the first set could easily fly by without a sniff of a break. The Spaniard wins the opening set 6-2.

The third set was even more straight-forward as two breaks put Federer in command before a second-serve ace completed a comfortable victory.

Djokovic at one stage took issue with comments he heard coming from the stands, but denied it was Pavlasek's entourage that had annoyed him. But she tries and gets things done in the next game. I don't know. I take it very lightly. "Serving well, playing well from the baseline".

The second seed consolidated the break with a hold to love, and the finishing line was in sight for the Serb.

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Djokovic has certainly seen a dip in his game recently, not winning a major since the 2016 French Open and failing to even make the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last year and at the Australian Open this year.

But the way the afternoon went meant Centre Court spectators who paid 56 pounds (more than $70) per ticket, some of them waiting in line for hours, got only brief glimpses of seven-time champion Federer or three-time champion Djokovic.

The theory behind that setup: Players who are injured won't step on court simply to collect their prize money as an entrant, before calling it a day without finishing the match.

Djokovic will next take on France's Adrian Mannarino in the fourth round after the 29-year-old surprisingly beat compatriot and 15th seed Gael Monfils in five sets. The three-time Wimbledon champion held onto his serve by producing a crushing backhand victor down the line. The Swiss woman saves two match points.

Milos Raonic, last year's runner-up at Wimbledon, advanced to the tournament's second week by beating 25th-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-5 with the help of 21 aces, including one to end it.

The No. 24-seeded Vandeweghe had 23 winners, compared to Riske's five.

Well, Federer has yet to drop a set through his first two wins of this year's tournament. Dimitrov has won no less than 46 percent of his return points in his first three matches and has just 48 combined unforced errors. In the victory, Dimitrov won 83 percent of his first serve points and 86 percent of his second serve points.