The fifth day at Wimbledon is a busy one for the men’s draw, where Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray headline the matches. On the women’s side, only four top-10 seeds remained at the start of Friday.
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Novak Djokovic advances in wild third-set tiebreaker
Novak Djokovic is into the fourth round with a straight sets victory against American Denis Kudla, though he had to come back in the third set. Djokovic advanced 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7).
The No. 1 ranked world player got up two sets early, but Kudla broke early in the third and went up, 2-0. Djokovic had to fight back from there, but did successfully, and shared a moment with the American qualifier before they went their separate ways.
Djokovic hit eight aces and landed 54% of his first serves in. Kudla had 35 unforced errors.
Djokovic was asked during the on-court interview from where he continues to get his hunger. It was a questioned posed by friends he had in the stands who knew him when he was 4.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in the mountains with wolves, so this is wolf energy right here,” Djokovic said.
Djokovic is seeking his sixth Wimbledon title. He’s won seven of the last 11 men’s Grand Slam singles titles, including the Australian and French Opens in 2021, and is one short of tying the all-time men’s record of 20 total Grand Slam singles titles.
Sloane Stephens out in third round
Sloane Stephens’ run at Wimbledon is over in the third round following a tough 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 loss to Liudmila Samsonova on Friday.
Samsonova, 22, came into Wimbledon as a wildcard after winning in Berlin last month. She’ll face No. 8 seed Karolina Pliskova in the fourth round.
Stephens, the former U.S. Open champion, fell behind and lost the first set in the start to a two-hour match. But she fought back to win by the same score and push a deciding final set.
Samsonova broke in the opening game and held tight on service for 5-3 to go on and win.
Samsonova hit 31 winners to Stephens’ eight and had four aces. In eight appearance at Wimbledon, Stephens has made it out of the third round only once, reaching the quarterfinals in 2013.
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