Monday 19 March 2018 / 10:26 AM

Wimbledon, Djokovic Through To Last 16

World No.1 Novak Djokovic set up an intriguing last 16 clash with Tommy Haas after dispatching of Frenchman Jeremy Chardy with ease in the third round at SW19.

The Australian Open champion was unplayable throughout and dropped just six points on his own serve en route to an impressive 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory.

Djokovic will be confident of beating veteran Haas with the same degree of ease considering his 7-3 overall head to head advantage against the German, which included two straight sets wins earlier this year in Melbourne and at the Hopman Cup.

Like Djokovic, Andy Murray is also yet to drop a set in this year’s tournament and the Scot looked in really good knick against Tommy Robredo of Spain on Saturday.

Many would perhaps of thought that the 32nd seed would have provided Murray with more of a test under the Centre Court roof but any resistance failed to materialise as the Dunblane dynamo romped home 6-2 6-4 7-5.

Juan Martin Del Potro will feature in the last 16 for the third time in his career following a straight sets stroll over Gregor Zemlja; however the Argentine must recover from an ankle injury sustained via a fall into the umpire’s chair.

The accident happened midway through the third set leaving Del Potro visibly in pain and it remains to be seen how much damage was done despite the No.8 seed managing to wrap up matters 7-5 7-6 6-0.

Del Potro will certainly be tested physically in the next round by Andreas Seppi who toughed out his second five set victory in a week against Kei Nishikori.

Elsewhere in the Men’s draw, No.6 seed Tomas Berdych fought off Kevin Anderson 3-6 6-3 6-4 7-5, a result which meant the Czech has now won nine consecutive matches against the South African, whilst Aussie Bernard Tomic produced one of the best displays of his career to date to oust Richard Gasquet 7-6 5-7 7-5 7-6.

In the Women’s draw, Brit Laura Robson continued her recent hot streak with a third round success over Martina Erakovic.

The 19-year-old was blown off court in the first set but battled back tremendously to win 1-6 7-5 6-3 and it means that Britain will have representatives in both draws going into the second week for the first time in fifteen years.

Estonian Kaia Kanepi will be up next for the home star after she trounced Alison Riske 6-2 6-3 and there were also straight sets victories for Italian Roberta Vinci and red hot tournament favourite Serena Williams who stayed on course to defend her title with a flawless 6-2 6-0 victory over 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm.

Williams will next face German 23rd seed and former semi-finalist Sabine Lisicki who knocked out Aussie Sam Stosur in three.

Agnieszka Radwanska, Sloane Stephens and Na Li are also into the last 16 along with 2011 champion Petra Kvitova who came from behind in the deciding set of her match against Ekaterina Makerova to win 6-3 2-6 6-3.


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