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Djokovic wins in straight sets and advances at Wimbledon

Djokovic wins in straight sets and advances at Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic can make tennis seem easy, he can even make his opponents look bad.

The defending champion did a bit of both on Wimbledon Center Court on Wednesday, beating American Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in the second round.

Despite winning in straight sets, Djokovic lacked a bit of perfection in his quest for a fifth title at the All England Club. They broke his serve twice, once in each of the first two sets.

“There were some moments in the game where maybe I could have done better,” said the Serbian, who is the favorite to win the tournament on grass. “I lost my serve a couple of times.”

However, the lapses in his service did not matter. Djokovic bounced back by breaking Kudla’s multiple times in each set, with seven in total.

The Serbian will meet Hubert Hurkacz on Friday, and if he wins he could face 18-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime on Monday in the fourth round. Auger-Aliassime, who on Monday became the first male tennis player born in the new millennium to win a Grand Slam match, defeated Corentin Moutet of France 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

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Meanwhile, Reilly Opelka was in charge of giving another upset at Wimbledon after defeating three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka by sets of 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 8-6 in court number two.

“I was very successful with the serve and the volley at first, so I stuck with that,” said Opelka. “And then when he (Wawrinka) realized what I was doing and started reading my serve a bit, it was more difficult for me to score points on the net. So today I had to play a lot of tennis on the baseline ”.

The 2.11-meter (6.11-foot) tall American is making his Wimbledon debut in his fourth Grand Slam tournament appearance. He had not advanced to the third round of any top circuit tournament. Wawrinka, who has won each of the other Grand Slam titles but failed to make it past the quarterfinals at the All England Club, also lost in the second round at Wimbledon last year.

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On Monday, both sixth-seeded Alexander Zverev and seventh Stefanos Tsitsipas were eliminated from the grass court tournament. Fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem, who reached the French Open final for the past two years, was also out on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old Opelka, who is not in the seed, used his serve to win against Wawrinka. He finished with 23 aces, with several serves that reached 140 miles per hour. One of them, hitting 142 mph, matched Zverev’s record for fastest so far of the tournament.

“I had a chance,” Wawrinka said. “I started a little slow. I was a little hesitant, I really didn’t move well enough… In the end he played with everything. He was better than me and he deserved to win ”.

Opelka will face Wimbledon 2016 finalist Milos Raonic in the third round on Friday. The Canadian, and 15th seed, defeated Robin Haase 7-6 (1), 7-5, 7-6 (4).

Two-time top-circuit champion Victoria Azarenka, third-seeded Karolina Pliskova, and eighth-seeded Elina Svitolina all advanced in the women’s leg, but only two of them had an easy path to reach the third round.

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Azarenka, who won the Australian Open title in 2012 and 2013, edged out Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2, 6-0, while Pliskova defeated Puerto Rican Olympic medalist Monica Puig 6-0, 6-4.

Svitolina, meanwhile, came within two points of losing to Margarita Gasparián in the second set, but eventually won when her opponent was forced to withdraw due to injury with sets of 5-7, 6-5.

Former world number one Simona Halep also advanced, beating Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

Later, the American teenager, Coco Gauff, will try to surprise again after defeating Venus Williams with another victory in the second round.

The 15-year-old Gauff will face Magdalena Rybarikova on court number two at the All England Club.

The American could be among the top 200 tennis players in the WTA ranking with a victory, having become the youngest player to win a Wimbledon match since 1991. AP

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