Wimbledon | Djokovic eases past countryman

The top see Novak Djokovic remains on course for his fourth straight Wimbledon title after securing a comfortable win against his Serbian countryman Miomir Kecmanovic.

I’m very proud of my consistency at this level. This week I’ve been playing better as the tournament progresses, which is what you always wish for as a player Novak Djokovic

Djokovic, going for his 21st Grand Slam title, dominated the third-round match to progress into the last 16 where a Dutch, wild card Tim Van Rijthoven eagerly awaits.

The six-time and defending champion brushed his 22-year-old Davis Cup teammate aside 6-0 6-3 6-4 for his 24th consecutive tour-level victory on grass to reach the second week of The Championships for the 14th time.

“I know Miomir quite well and I’m really glad he’s doing well,” Djokovic said after his comfortable win.

“Hopefully I will get to play him many more times on the centre courts at the biggest tournaments.

“I’m very grateful to have played for quite a few years, competing at the highest level. The Grand Slams are the tournaments that matter most in our sport.

“I’m very proud of my consistency at this level. This week I’ve been playing better as the tournament progresses, which is what you always wish for as a player.

“But I can always do better and I always expect the best from myself.”

The pair were drawn to play each other in the opening match of the Australian Open before he was deported from the country for his personal stand against vaccination against Covid. And that stand could prevent him from playing the US Open under the rules which are currently in place.

So having missed out on that match, Kecmanovic, despite having had a good season to date though he has yet to beat a player in the top five .

So the prospect of him changing that run against his mentor and idol, was always unlikely.

And he didn’t get off to the best of starts with a double fault and an errant forehand to hand Djokovic his first break and the first set after 24-minutes.

He did provide better opposition in the second but never threatened the defending champion, only managing one break of his serve as Djokovic served out in the third. But that just delayed his inevitable defeat by a few minutes.


Novak Djokovic (R) consoles his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic

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