Wimbledon 2015: Djokovic, Sharapova, Raonic Reach 3rd RND

Defending champion Novak Djokovic kept hopes of becoming only the eighth man to defend Wimbledon title with straight sets victory over the retiring Jarkko Nieminen on Centre Court.

The top seed cruised 6-4 6-2 6-3 into the third round, where he sets up Australia’s 27th seed Bernard Tomic.

The 28-year-old then clapped off Nieminen, who was making his final appearance at the grass-court championship after 12 appearances at the All England Club- including a quarter-final berth in 2006.

Ladies fourth seed, Maria Sharapova, blasted 23 winners in her 6-3 6-1 win over Richel Hogenkamp en route to the round of 32.

Seventh seed Milos Raonic will meet Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in the third round after dispatching Germany’s Tommy Haas 6-0 6-2 6-7 7-6.

Last year’s semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov saw off American Steve Johnson 7-6 (10-8) 6-2 7-6 (7-2).

Novak Djokovic Congratulates Jarkko Nieminen On His Wimbledon Career. Image: AELTC.
Novak Djokovic Congratulates Jarkko Nieminen On His Wimbledon Career. Image: AELTC.

The 11th seed has yet to drop a set in this year’s tournament and will meet Frenchman Richard Gasquet, who beat his compatriot Kenny de Schepper 6-0 6-3 6-3, in the third round.

Dimitrov, 24, conquered home favourite Andy Murray in the last 8 but went on to lose to eventual winner Djokovic last year.

“I loved it out there. I enjoyed it- it was a great day to play tennis,” Dimitrov said.

“I knew what to expect from Johnson, We played each other a couple of times and also practised together, so nothing was new.

“I played Richard Gasquet in an exhibition match a few days ago. He is a great grass-court player.

Milos Raonic Will Meet Nick Kyrgios in the Round of 32 at SW19. Image: AELTC.
Milos Raonic Will Meet Nick Kyrgios in the Round of 32 at SW19. Image: AELTC.

“I know what to expect from him. It won’t be a walk in the park but I like my chances.”

Earlier on Wednesday, No. 15 ranked Belgian David Goffin ended Britain’s qualifier Liam Broady’s heroic run 7-6 6-1 6-1 in the second round.

Australia’s Samantha Stossur became the first woman to book her place in the round of 32 after beating Urszula Radwanska 6-3 6-4.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here