Top seed Novak Djokovic stays on track at the Wimbledon 2014 Grand Slam tournament after an assured performance against Gilles Simon. The unseeded Frenchman was a worthy opponent on the Centre Court this afternoon, but could not really threaten Novak despite breaking him in each of the three sets. The World no. 2 Serb was the first to get his nose in front in the opener, but only managed to grab the set after the second break. The set two had a similar course of events with Nole reestablishing his lead before going 5-2 up and preparing a set point with a super accurate winner in the subsequent game – Simon failed to deal with it as he conceded a double fault to let the favorite stretch further away.
The 44th-ranked Nice native made another effort to turn the tide of the third round meeting and capitalized on a couple of the rival’s errors to steal his serve in the beginning of the following set. He consolidated the break, but Novak rushed to clinch three consecutive games and the set progressed on serve for a while. The Wimbledon 2011 titlist asked for a medical time-out in the eighth game to receive a left shoulder treatment after slipping during one of the rallies. He showed no signs of injury after returning to the court and went on to generate a match point in the game number ten – he converted it by hitting an emphatic ace to round off a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 triumph.
“It was a sharp pain when I fell, an awkward fall,” said Djokovic. “I was just hoping there is nothing going on with the joint, luckily there is no damage and I could play”
“I played well though I dropped a couple of service games. It could have gone either way in the third but in the important moments I came up with the right selection of shots.”
Next up for Nole is fourteenth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who outclassed the World no. 147 Jimmy Wang of Chinese Taipei. The 29-year-old Frenchman was in full control from the very start of the encounter in which he broke five times, whilst his serve remained intact. He scored 53 winners and 15 aces en route to a 6-2, 6-2, 7-5 victory. Seed number twenty Kevin Anderson progressed by winning a five-setter against sixteenth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy. The big serving South African (he struck 16 aces today) recovered from a one set deficit two times to complete a 4-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 win.