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LONDON---Even by his own lofty
standards, Novak Djokovic put in
a Wimbledon performance that
was close to perfect.
The top-ranked Serb played near-
flawless tennis to reach the fourth
round of the grass-court Grand
Slam yesterday, going close to a full
match without making an unforced
error in dispatching Jeremy Chardy
of France 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
By the time he finally did make
a mistake, it was the simplest sort.
At 4-1, 40-0 in the third set,
Djokovic double-faulted. Until that
point, he had lost just three points
on his own serve.
It was a temporary glitch, though,
as he closed out the game on the
next point, and wrapped up the
match in just 87 minutes.
"Everything went my way,"
Djokovic said. "I did everything I
wanted to do."
He finished with 38 winners and
just three unforced errors in a mas-
terful display that cemented his sta-
tus as the favourite to win a second
Wimbledon title, having seen seven-
time champion Roger Federer and
two-time winner Rafael Nadal
already knocked out.
He will next face Tommy Haas,
the 35-year-old German who is
enjoying a late career revival and
beat Feliciano Lopez of Spain 4-6,
6-2, 7-5, 6-4.
"He s playing maybe the best ten-
nis ever," Djokovic said. "I don t see
any clear favourite to be honest."
Most fans probably do, especially
after Djokovic picked apart Chardy
so convincingly. Even though
fourth-seeded David Ferrer man-
aged to advance in five sets and
remain on course for a semi-final
against Djokovic, most fans are
probably already pencilling the
Serb s name in the final.
"Not many times it happens on
the grass against a big server (that)
you get to play this well and return
this well," Djokovic said. "I managed
to find the right balance."
Ferrer had a much tougher time,
struggling with blisters on his foot
and the tenacious game of Alexandr
Dolgopolov of Ukraine before win-
ning 6-7 (6), 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-1, 6-
2. Top-ranked Serena Williams still
had to play her third-round match
against 42-year-old Kimiko Date-
Krumm of Japan.
Earlier, Petra Kvitova avoided
becoming the latest former cham-
pion to be knocked out in the first
week, rallying from a breakdown in
the final set to beat Ekaterina
Makarova of Russia 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
Last year s runner-up, Agnieszka
Radwanska, also advanced, while
Centre Court featured another upset
when ninth-seeded Richard Gasquet
lost to Bernard Tomic, the Australian
whose father has been barred from
tournaments because of an assault
Kvitova s third-round match was
halted on Friday with Makarova up
2-1 in the decider, but Kvitova broke
right back when play resumed and
won the next two games. After los-
ing her own serve, the Czech broke
again for 5-3 and converted her
third match point with a forehand
"I should go for every point and
play my game," Kvitova said. "I
played quite aggressively. That was
Radwanska held off a hard-serv-
ing performance by American
teenager Madison Keys to win 7-5,
4-6, 6-3. Radwanska needed five
match points before sealing the vic-
tory when Keys, who finished with
15 aces, sent a return wide.
Tomic, who in 2011 as an 18-year-
old qualifier became the youngest
Wimbledon quarter-finalist since
Boris Becker in 1985, beat Gasquet
7-6 (7), 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (5).
Tomic s father and coach, John,
is accused of head-butting his son s
training partner before a tournament
in Madrid and has been barred from
even buying a ticket to Wimbledon.
However, Tomic said he s still get-
ting advice and help from his father.
"He s helping me at this tourna-
ment," Tomic said. "I m not doing
it on my own. My dad is still
involved. That s why I ve gotten to
where I am in this tournament."
Former runner-up Tomas
Berdych and No. 8 Juan Martin del
Potro also advanced, although the
latter said he would need to see a
doctor after injuring his ankle and
knee in a scary late fall during his
7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-0 win over Grega
Zemlja of Slovenia.
Del Potro hurt his left leg when
chasing down a drop shot in the
third set, skidding awkwardly on
the grass and tumbling face first.
"It was really painful. I was a
little scared at that moment," del
Potro said. "Now I start to feel
something in my knee and my
ankle, as well. I will check with the
doctor very soon."
As is traditional on the middle
Saturday of the tournament, the
Royal Box on Centre Court was
filled with invited sports stars, this
year mainly British gold-medal win-
ners from the London Olympics.
Among those getting the biggest
ovation from the crowd were cyclists
Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton,
as well as Murray, who donned a
suit and tie to make a brief appear-
ance in the box to celebrate his sin-
gles gold medal won on Centre
Laura Robson then made it
another good day for the home
crowd when she became the first
British woman since Sam Smith in
1998 to reach the fourth round.
Helped by a crucial overturned
call, Robson rallied from a set and
a breakdown to beat Marina
Erakovic of New Zealand 1-6, 7-5,
Erakovic served for the match in
the second set, only for Robson to
break back. Having then earned a
set point at 6-5, Robson barely got
a return back that looped high and
just caught the edge of the line, but
was called out before Erakovic could
smack a winner. Robson successfully
challenged the call and the point
was replayed, with Erakovic dou-
ble-faulting to hand her opponent
Robson jumped out to 4-0 in the
decider, and clinched the victory
with a forehand winner.
"I was getting my butt kicked
basically (in the first set)," Robson
said. "So I just thought, just going
to try as best as I can, work as hard
as possible and just stick with it
until she starts to get nervous, which
is what happened."
Igor Sijsling of Netherlands retired
against Croatia s Ivan Dodig when
trailing 6-0, 6-1, 1-0, the 13th
retirement or walkover of the tour-
nament. That equals a Wimbledon
record from 2008.
Djokovic beats Chardy
to reach Wimbledon 4th round
Jeremy Chardy of France returns to Novak Djokovic of Serbia in their
Men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in
Wimbledon, London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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