Djokovic avoids giant-killing
28 June 2013, 10:15
London - Novak Djokovic has avoided becoming the latest star to crash
out of Wimbledon as the world number one recovered from a slow start to
defeat American qualifier Bobby Reynolds 7-6 (7/2), 6-3, 6-1 in the
second round on Thursday.
While several of Djokovic's title
rivals have fallen foul of the shock defeats and injury withdrawals that
have rocked Wimbledon over the last four days, the 26-year-old has
progressed serenely to the last 32 and is yet to drop a set.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal suffered stunning losses at the hands of
unheralded opponents in the other half of the draw, leaving Djokovic as
the only former Wimbledon champion left.
And a defeat for Djokovic in his first meeting with Reynolds, the world number 156, would have been just as shocking.
although the Serb never hit peak form, he did enough to see off his
obdurate opponent with 41 winners and 12 aces in one hour and 56
Djokovic will play French 28th seed Jeremy Chardy or German qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff for a place in the last 16.
"It's a bit strange that so many top players lost in one or two days," Djokovic said.
"All the lower-ranked players have an extra motivation to perform their best; they have nothing to lose.
"I need to be extra-careful and with the roof closed it was a bit different, I needed some time to adjust to the conditions.
game is there. I just need to try to capitalise on my opportunities.
Today I was very poor on the break points. I'm glad I'm through."
exit was one of the least surprising results in an otherwise
shock-filled week, but it did carry historic significance as there will
be no American men in the Wimbledon third round for the first time in
Djokovic arrived at the All England Club last week
desperate to erase the bitter memories of his French Open semi-final
defeat against Nadal earlier this month and that setback in Paris will
soon be a distant memory if he continues in this form.
had made success at Roland Garros his top priority this year, but a
second Wimbledon crown to follow his triumph in 2011 would be a more
than acceptable consolation prize.
With rain plaguing the All
England Club for the first time this week, Djokovic would have been
pleased to be scheduled under the Centre Court roof, allowing him to
progress without having to wait around for the weather to improve.
Reynolds, 30, competed ferociously and came up with enough winners to take the first set to a tie-break.
had missed several opportunities to break earlier in the set, but the
reigning Australian Open champion found enough rhythm to take the
breaker in emphatic fashion.
With the tension of that first set
released, Djokovic played with more freedom in the second and, after
squandered eight break points, he finally broke for the first time to
take a 2-1 lead.
He kept the pressure on and another break at 5-3 sealed a two-set lead.
was in the groove now and there was no way back for Reynolds after he
broke in the opening game of the third set before closing out the win.
Results from the fourth day of Wimbledon (x denotes seeded player):
Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Bobby Reynolds (USA) 7-6 (7/2), 6-3, 6-1
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) bt Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) 6-3, 5-1 - retired
Richard Gasquet (FRA x9) bt Go Soeda (JPN) 6-0, 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3
Bernard Tomic (AUS) bt James Blake (USA) 6-3, 6-4, 7-5
Kevin Anderson (RSA x27) bt Michal Przysiezny (POL) 6-4, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4
Tomas Berdych (CZE x7) bt Daniel Brands (GER) 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, 6-2
Igor Sijsling (NED) bt Milos Raonic (CAN x17) 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)
Ivan Dodig (CRO) bt Denis Kudla (USA) 6-1, 7-6 (7/4), 7-5
Kei Nishikori (JPN x12) bt Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-2
Andreas Seppi (ITA x23) bt Michael Llodra (FRA) 7-5 - retired
Juan Martn Del Potro (ARG x8) bt Jesse Levine (CAN) 6-2, 7-6 (9/7), 6-3
Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Caroline Garcia (FRA) 6-3, 6-2
Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) bt Alexandra Cadantu (ROM) 6-4, 7-5
Sabine Lisicki (GER x23) bt Elena Vesnina (RUS) 6-3, 6-1
Samantha Stosur (AUS x14) bt Olga Puchkova (RUS) 6-2, 6-2
Marina Erakovic (NZL) bt Peng Shuai (CHN x24) 7-6 (8/6), 6-2
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x4) bt Mathilde Johansson (FRA) 6-1, 6-3
Madison Keys (USA) bt Mona Barthel (GER x30) 6-4, 6-2
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) bt Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 7-5, 6-3
Petra Martic (CRO) bt Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 7-6 (9/7), 6-1
Roberta Vinci (ITA x11) bt Jana Cepelova (SVK) 6-1, 4-6, 9-7
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x18) bt Maria Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP) 6-0, 6-1
Klara Zakopalova (CZE x32) bt Annika Beck (GER) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3