Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


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.

Both 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.

But, 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 minutes.

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.

"My 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."

Reynolds' 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 101 years.

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.

The Serb 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.

Djokovic 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.

Djokovic 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):

Men's singles:

Second round:
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

Women's singles:

Second round:
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



WRAP: English Premiership

24 October 2016, 07:16

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
S Mbinya
How to get rid of cellulite at ho...

Proper diets and a healthy lifestyle are among the most effective natural remedies for cellulite. Read more...

Submitted by
George Vodongo
Peter Kenneth is not a good leade...

A local activist has slammed the former Presidential candidate Peter Kenneth for only appearing during elections but going underground when the country has problems.  Read more...

Submitted by
Ben Wangui
Javelin champion Julius Yego invo...

He is undergoing treatment at the Medihill hospital in Eldoret. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
DP Ruto accuses Raila of selling ...

DP Wiliam Ruto has castigated Raila Odinga for seeking western support to fund his 2017 election bid. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Peter Kenneth announces Uhuru 201...

Peter Kenneth has announced that he will support President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2017 elections. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilon Ochieng
Labour Party to dump both Jubilee...

The Labour Party of Kenya is likely to avoid supportoing both the CORD and Jubilee factions during the 2017 General Elections. Read more...