There are few surprises in the Wimbledon third round, as world number one Novak Djokovic and women’s fourth seed Maria Sharapova both win comfortably in straight sets. However, there is one minor shock as the entertaining Nick Krygios defeated Milos Raonic earlier in the day.
LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 3, 2015) (AELTC) – It was job well done for Novak Djokovic of Serbia as he silenced Bernard Tomic and his “Australian Fanatics” with an emphatic 6-3 6-3 6-3 victory in the Wimbledon third round on Friday (July 3).
The top seed and defending champion could not have been more pleased with his performance as he reached the second week of the grasscourt major for the seventh year running by winning all nine sets he has contested.
So commanding was Djokovic’s performance that the usually vocal Fanatics — who follow the Australian players around Wimbledon — appeared to have lost their voices in the opening two sets.
Djokovic’s defence was as gritty as ever, and the tall Australian could find no way through.
They briefly came to life at the start of the third when Tomic earned three break points but the Serb emerged unscathed from that slight wobble and finished off the 27th seed with his 15th ace.
The world number one will next meet big-serving South African Kevin Anderson.
It was a similar story on Court No. 1, as women’s fourth seed Maria Sharapova moved serenely into the Wimbledon fourth round with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu.
The 28-year-old Russian, champion at the All England Club in 2004, overpowered her 29th-seeded opponent to take her place in the last 16.
Sharapova wasted a chance to close out the match when she served for victory at 5-1 in the second set but did not make the same mistake again and completed victory in one hour 23 minutes.
There was a minor upset earlier in the day though, as the controversial, but highly entertaining, Nick Kyrgios produced a brutal serving display to bludgeon his way past Canadian seventh seed Milos Raonic.
Raonic beat the 26th-seeded Australian in last year’s quarter-finals but there was no such repeat in a hard-hitting match on Court Two, Kyrgios winning 5-7 7-5 7-6 (3) 6-3 in a third-round match lasting two hours and 43 minutes.
Hot-head Kyrgios has courted controversy in the tournament, denying calling an official “dirty scum” during his first match before suggesting an official in the second round thought “he was a big dog”.
Kyrgios lost his cool in the second set against Raonic and received a warning from the umpire after slamming his racket to the floor before retrieving it from a fan who had caught it in the crowd.
However, the fiery Australian said he would rather play with his style, and be an entertainer, than be “a robot” on the court.
“I like to watch entertaining tennis,” said Kyrgios after the match.
“As you say, Dustin Brown, Gael Monfils – those guys have a lot of fun out there. At the same time, I love watching (Roger) Federer, guys like that, they are unbelievable tennis players. I am just not the biggest believer in saying nothing out there, or being a robot. I feel like you should express yourself. It is a sport.”
Krygios wore the big-serving Raonic down in the fourth set, breaking the Canadian in the eighth game before holding serve to set up a fourth-round clash with Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
Kyrgios saved nine match points before beating Gasquet in a five-set thriller that lasted three hours and 53 minutes at Wimbledon last year and the young Australian is expecting another tough encounter with the wily Frenchman.