Federer, Djokovic lead charge into second week
LONDON — Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic each notched victories Saturday, sending the pair into the second week at Wimbledon.
Federer, in the quest for an eighth title at his favorite event, kept the leash on Mischa Zverev, finishing a 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 6-4 third-round victory with an ace.
And Djokovic controlled Ernests Gulbis in a bid for a fourth trophy. The second-seeded Djokovic ran his record against the 569thranked son of one of Latvia’s richest men to 7-1.
“I’m delighted with the performance today. I raised the level of tennis compared to the first couple of matches,” Djokovic said. “Honestly, I’m not thinking about winning the title.”
Djokovic will be playing the Wimbledon round of 16 for the 10th time.
Federer exudes confidence, with no notice paid to his 35 years.
“It was a good match,” he said of the Zverev contest. “It’s fun to play serve-andvolley players. We fed off of each other.
“I played a good match, and I’m happy from my end.”
No. 8 seed Dominic Thiem sent a no-look winner down the line to beat American Jared Donaldson 7-5, 6-4, 6-2.
American Sam Querrey finished off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a match interrupted late in the fifth set the night before.
The Californian posted a 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5-7), 1-6, 7-5 victory — he needed to play and win just one game when they resumed — to make amends for a loss to the Frenchman at the event in 2014.
No. 6 seed Milos Raonic advanced to the fourth round over Albert Ramos Vinolas 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 7-5, while German 10th seed Alexander Zverev sent out Austrian qualifier Sebastian Ofner 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.
Czech 11th seed Tomas Berdych beat Spain’s David Ferrer 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.
After the grass-court Grand Slam tournament’s traditional middle Sunday off, Djokovic will face 51stranked Adrian Mannarino of France for a place in the quarterfinals.