Djokovic left everything on track and went to sleep

The Serbian Novak Djokovic left his qualification for the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon tournament on track, since he went to sleep with a two-set advantage over the Pole Hubert Hurkacz, in a duel that had to be suspended when reaching the time limit allowed for activities in London. Two tie breaks was the minimum / big difference in favor of the Serbian, who is seeking his twenty-fourth Grand Slam title and stretching his advantage over Rafael Nadal’s 22.

On the Center Court of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club and on the day that marked the 156th anniversary of the first Wimbledon tournament in history, one of its great secular protagonists such as Djokovic, number 2 in the world, faced two intense sets against a difficult rival like the Polish Hurkacz (18).

Without any break points in the opening set, Hurkacz faltered at the most inopportune moment and squandered three set points in the tiebreak. The Balkan went from 3-6 to 8-6 there, clinching that first set after 46 minutes of rallying.

At the beginning of the next set, the dynamics hardly changed, but Djokovic did have a chance to break in the fourth game (2-2) and especially four more in the eighth (4-4). The Pole withstood the gale, held his serve and forced another tie break, when the time limit began to worry.

Djokovic handled the tension of the environment and the stopwatch well. Despite going 4-5 down and his rival having two serves to close the set, the man from Belgrade brought out the best version of him and displayed a range of key shots to also win the second set. At that moment, at 20 minutes to midnight, the organizers postponed the match until Monday, when Djokovic, who broke another record by winning 14 consecutive tie-breaks, will look to claim victory and a ticket to the quarterfinals.

Whoever wins will play against the Russian Andrey Rublev (7), executioner of the Kazakh Alexander Bublik (26) by 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 6-8), 6-7 (5-7) and 6-4 after 3 hours and 20 minutes. The Russian was able to get his ticket to the next round earlier, as he enjoyed two match points in the tenth game of the fourth set. However, Bublik came back and squeezed his opponent.

On the same side of the men’s draw, the Italian Jannik Sinner (8) will face off, who beat the Colombian Daniel Elahi Galán (85) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 and 6-3 in two hours and 40 minutes, and the also Russian Roman Safiullin (92), who beat Canadian Denis Shapovalov (29) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 and 6-3 in two hours and 12 minutes.

On the other side of the men’s singles draw, the remaining match of the third round was completed, with the victory of the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-3 and 6-2 over the American French Tiafoe (10).

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