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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, June 26, 2014
LONDON---Novak Djokovic held his
breath. Radek Stepanek knelt on the
Wimbledon turf and folded his hands
in mock prayer.
After more than three hours of fierce
tennis, with both players diving and
tumbling all over Centre Court, it all
came down to a video replay on match
point in the fourth set.
At 6-5 in the tiebreaker, top-seeded
Djokovic hooked a sharply-angled fore-
hand passing shot that was ruled wide.
He challenged the call.
With both players and 15,000 fans
watching anxiously, the replay was
shown on the big screen and the verdict
came in: The ball had landed on the
Point and match for Djokovic.
On a day when champions Andy
Murray and Venus Williams won in
straight sets, the late afternoon drama
capped an entertaining battle that gave
Djokovic a 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5)
victory over the 35-year-old Czech vet-
eran and a spot in the third round at
the All England Club.
The two men, who have played each
other a dozen times, shared a warm
embrace as the crowd gave them a huge
"We know each other s game really
well," said Djokovic, who extended his
career record over Stepanek to 11-1. "I
was two sets up. I had some break-
point chances in the third and should
have closed it out in the third-set
"But credit to him for fighting. He s
35 years old and still moving very well
and surface wise grass is probably his
most preferred. He loves to engage the
crowd. It was fun to be part of it."
Djokovic, who won Wimbledon in
2011 and has seven Grand Slam titles,
served 18 aces and had 54 winners.
Stepanek, who fell to the turf numerous
times, either slipping or diving or simply
slumping from exhaustion, nearly
matched him with 51 winners.
But Stepanek was never able to break
serve, failing to convert on five chances.
Djokovic broke only twice, once in each
of the first two sets.
Murray, meanwhile, dropped just two
games and needed only 81 minutes to
blow away Blaz Rola of Slovenia 6-1,
6-1, 6-0, a dominant performance that
showed he ll be tough to beat as he bids
to become the first British player to
retain the Wimbledon title in 78 years.
Five-time women s champion Venus
Williams overcame a slow start to beat
Japan s Kurumi Nara 7-6 (4), 6-1 to get
past the second round of a major for
only the second time in her last 10
Grand Slam tournaments.
"It s definitely a step in the right
direction," Williams said. "The thing
that I just have to really work on is being
on tour consistently and playing tour-
The 30th-seeded Williams won six
straight points in the tiebreaker after
being down 1-4 and ran off six straight
games in the second set to beat 41st-
Next up for Williams is a third-round
clash with 2011 champion Petra Kvitova,
the Czech lefthander who downed
Mona Barthel of Germany 6-2, 6-0.
"I think we both play similar games,
really go for it," Williams said. "She s
one of the kind of players who can get
kind of hot against me."
No 7 David Federer became the high-
est seeded men s player to go out so
far. The Spanish clay-court specialist
was beaten by Russia s 118th-ranked
qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov, 6-7 (5), 6-
0, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
The loss ended Ferrer s streak of
reaching at least the third round at 17
consecutive Grand Slam tournaments.
Kuznetsov, the boys champion at Wim-
bledon in 2009, achieved his first win
over a top-10 player.
In women s play, eighth-seeded Vic-
toria Azarenka was eliminated by Ser-
bia s Bojana Jovanovski, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.
Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open
champion and former No 1, was playing
in just her second event since the Aus-
tralian Open after being sidelined with
a left foot injury.
Also advancing to the third round
was second-seeded Australian Open
champion Li Na, who beat Yvonne
Meusburger of Austria 6-2, 6-2 on
Fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska
of Poland needed less than an hour to
beat Australia s Casey Dellacqua 6-4,
The man who shocked Roger Federer
at Wimbledon a year ago, Sergiy
Stakhovsky, pulled off another surprise
Wednesday. The 90th-ranked Ukrainian
used the same serve-and-volley style
that worked against Federer in 2013 to
beat 12th-seeded Ernests Gulbis 6-4,
6-3, 7-6 (5).
No 11 Grigor Dimitrov, coming of his
win at the grass-court warm-up at
Queen s Club, sailed into the third round
by beating Australian qualifier Luke
Saville 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. (AP)
Venus Williams of US
returns to Kurumi Nara
of Japan during their
women's singles match
at the All England Lawn
Tennis Championships in
yesterday. Williams won
7-6 (4), 6-1. AP Photo
Djokovic holds off
Stepanek in 4 sets
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates
during his men's singles match against
Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic
at the All England Lawn Tennis
Championships in Wimbledon, London,
yesterday. Djokovic won 6-4, 6-3, 6-7
(5), 7-6 (5). AP PHOTO
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