Wimbledon 2013: Novak Djokovic cruises past Jeremy Chardy

 

WIMBLEDON 2013

  • Venue: All England Club, London
  • Date: 24 June - 7 July

Coverage: Live on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC HD Channel, Red Button, BBC Radio 5 live, plus 10 live streams available on the BBC Sport website, tablet, mobile and connected TV.

World number one Novak Djokovic cruised into the fourth round of Wimbledon with victory over 28th seed Jeremy Chardy.

Djokovic made just three unforced errors on his way to a 6-3 6-2 6-2 win over the Frenchman, who found his opponent unplayable.

The Serb, 26, lost just six points on his own serve, in a match which lasted one hour and 26 minutes, to send out a warning to the rest of the draw.

His last-16 opponent will be Tommy Haas, who beat Feliciano Lopez.

Match stats

Djokovic Chardy

8

Aces

6

74%

1st serves

66%

1

Double faults

4

38

Winners

18

3

Errors

14

93%

1st serve win %

54%

80%

2nd serve win %

50%

5/16

Break points

0/0

Djokovic and Chardy's last meeting came at Wimbledon in 2011, when the eventual champion again made easy work of his opponent, winning 6-4 6-1 6-1.

"I felt very confident stepping onto the court but it's never easy against Chardy, he's a quality player," said Djokovic.

"Everything went my way. I haven't lost many points on my service game, I enjoyed it very much and it's very enjoyable when everything works well.

"Not many times on the grass against a big server do you get to return this well on what is the fastest surface."

Australian Bernard Tomic beat ninth seed Richard Gasquet to reach the fourth round for the second time.

Tomic, ranked 59 in the world, won 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 7-6 (7-5) in a match which lasted two hours and 46 minutes.

The 20-year-old will next face seventh seed Tomas Berdych after he beat Kevin Anderson of South Africa 3-6 6-3 6-4 7-5.

Tomic has had to deal with unwanted headlines off the court since early May after his father John - also his coach - was banned by the ATP, having been charged with assaulting the former Wimbledon quarter-finalist's practice partner.

Djokovic analysis

"Chardy is a very good player who has been made to look very average. He's been made to look poor, but he's not at all. It's a good feeling when you're in form like this, when your opponent cannot trouble you. You just have to keep your focus."

Earlier this week, Wimbledon also banned Tomic senior - who denies the charge - from buying a ticket to watch his son in action.

"I am very happy and I played a very good match," said Tomic.

"It's hard coming out first on Centre Court and I was very nervous but I managed to get out of some difficult situations. I had to - because Richard is a very good player."

Czech Berdych, beaten in the 2010 final by Rafael Nadal, hit an impressive 50 winners as he beat Anderson to make the last 16 for the fifth time.

David Ferrer, seeded fourth, was given a scare by Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, who led 1-0 and 2-1 in sets before succumbing on Court One.

Ferrer, surprisingly seeded higher than Nadal, battled back to win 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-2) 2-6 6-1 6-2.

British number one Andy Murray will take on 20th seed Mikhail Youzhny next after the Russian beat Serb Viktor Troicki 6-3 6-4 7-5.

The world number 26 won the first set in just 22 minutes and eventually secured victory in just over two hours, despite Troicki hitting 14 aces.

Elsewhere, Juan Monaco is out after he was beaten 6-4 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 by world number 80 Kenny De Schepper.

The 22nd seed, playing in his sixth Wimbledon, has never gone beyond the third round.

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Benoit Paire, seeded 25th, is also out, beaten 6-1 6-3 6-4 by Lukasz Kubot, ranked 130 in the world.

The Pole broke serve six times on his way to setting up a fourth-round tie with Adrian Mannarino, who beat Dustin Brown in the third round.

Italian Andreas Seppi is also through to the last 16 for the first time following a 3-6 6-2 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 6-4 win over Japanese 12th seed Kei Nishikori.

He will face Juan Martin del Potro next after the Argentine beat Grega Zemlja in straight sets, winning 7-5 7-6 (7-3) 6-0.

Igor Sijsling joined the lengthy list of players to retire from the event when he conceded his third-round match against Ivan Dodig while trailing 6-0 6-1 1-0 on Court 18.

His was the 13th withdrawal at the All England Club this year, equalling the record for the most singles retirements during one Wimbledon in the Open era, which began in 1968.

It also means Dodig has reached the last 16 following two walkovers, after his first-round opponent Philipp Kohlschreiber also retired during the first set.

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