The top two seeds in the top half moved on to the next round but the way in which they did wildly differed. Novak Djokovic has yet to be broken at this years championships and dropped just six points on serve in his 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory over Jeremy Chardy. Djokovic dealt with the Frenchman’s big serve fairly easily, earning break points regularly throughout the match. He would have to settle for just the one break in the opening set, taking a 5-3 lead thanks to a sweetly struck backhand before serving out to love.
Two breaks in the second helped Djokovic on his way to a two set lead, the latter of which after a lengthy service game that saw four break points saved before the fifth was finally converted. It was almost a perfect performance from Djokovic, who hit just three unforced errors. The first came at 4-1 up in the third set, when the Serb double faulted for the first time in the match. He would have a chance to close out the match on return at 5-1* but a couple of poor returns helped Chardy on his way to a hold. Djokovic would however serve out the match and move into the fourth round where he plays Tommy Haas. You can see their H2H here: Djokovic vs Haas Head to Head
Meanwhile, David Ferrer made very hard work of Alexandr Dolgopolov, needing over 3 hours and five sets to see off the Ukranian 6-7 7-6 2-6 6-1 6-2. It looked like it would be straight forward when the Spaniard rushed into a 4-1 lead with three break points to extend the lead. However, Dolgopolov held and mounted a comeback to get back on serve but not before saving a set point. He would force the tiebreak, getting a set point on serve after Ferrer double faulted. Dolgopolov put away a volley to take a surprise one set lead.
In the second, Ferrer would hold break leads once more but failed to hold on twice – the second when serving for the set at 6-5. However, Ferrer would come out on top in the breaker after a Dolgopolov forehand went long to tie it up. It was expected that Ferrer would go on and take it in four but Dolgopolov had other ideas, breaking in the opening game of the third set. He added another to ensure that he would see off the set and put the pressure back on the Spaniard. Ferrer fought back and forced the decider with a dominant fourth set performance, running off five straight games after Dolgopolov held for 1-1.
The 24th seed had a medical time out after the fourth and it looked to have worked as he began to look more solid on serve once more and had a break point opportunity for a 3-1 lead but failed to convert. That would be it for Dolgopolov, as Ferrer repeated what he did in the fourth, winning the final five games of the set to book his place in the second week.
Next up for Ferrer will be Ivan Dodig. Please click here for their H2H: Ferrer vs Dodig Head to Head