Fed­erer, Djokovic lead charge into second week

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SCOREBOARD -

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.

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