Wimbledon 2014: Djokovic Survives Injury Scare to Reach Last-16

Top seed Novak Djokovic sealed a comfortable win over Frenchman Gilles Simon to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon.

Even an injury scare in the third set of the contest couldn’t deter the Serbian from claiming a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win.

Djokovic was leading 3-2 in the third set when he dived to reach a forehand and appeared to twist his left arm.

Djokovic Tripped On His Steps as He Dived to Return a Shot. Image: AELTC.
Djokovic Tripped On His Steps as He Dived to Return a Shot. Image: AELTC.

The 2011 champion was able to continue play after a trainer stretched his shoulder.

“It was obviously a scary fall,” said six-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic, who had an ultrasound after the match.

“Luckily for me it only had a minor effect on the joint and the muscles around it and caused no significant damage. It’s looking good.”

Djokovic Will Play Wilfried Tsonga in the Fourth Round of Wimbledon.
Djokovic Will Play Wilfried Tsonga in the Fourth Round of Wimbledon.

The world number two will play 14th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga next after Frenchman beat Jimmy Wang 6-2, 6-2, 7-5.

“Tsonga’s a great grass-court player, he loves the energy of the big stadium and it is going to be a big challenge for both of us,” said Djokovic.

South Africa’s Kevin Anderson needed a decider to beat 16th seed Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1. Anderson, seeded 20th, will face defending champion Andy Murray, who cruised past Bautista Agut 6-2 6-3 6-2 in Centre Court late Friday evening.

Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt set a record of the highest number (42) five set match in Grand Slam tournaments in the Open era in his 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 4-6, 6-3 loss to Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz.

Colombian Santiago Giraldo beat 30th seed Marcel Granollers 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 1-6 6-1 7-5 to set up a third-round match against seven-time champion Roger Federer.

Spain’s 19th seed Feliciano Lopez reached round three with a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 defeat of Croatia’s Ante Pavic and will play America’s ninth seed John Isner next.

Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, the world number 42, beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 6-0 and will play either sixth seed Tomas Berdych or Marin Cilic in round four.

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