Novak Djokovic did not shine today against Denis Kudla in the 3rd round of Wimbledon 2021, but the 19-time Grand Slam champion, victim of numerous empty passes during the match, managed the practice with the score of 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7) in two hours and 16 minutes of play.
The Serb has therefore qualified for the round of 16 at Wimbledon, where he will face off against Cristian Garin. The Chilean reached the second week of the Championships for the first time in his career, settling the surprise Pedro Martinez (executioner of Stefano Travaglia on his debut) in four sets.
Djokovic and Garin have already met during the 2020 ATP Cup, when Nole won with a double 6-3 in the group stage. "If Novak Djokovic wants to achieve the Grand Slam, he will have to face himself first of all," said Paul Annacone on the eve of Wimbledon.
There is no doubt that the Serbian star is the strongest around, as well as being facilitated by the difficulties of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, but managing such pressure is not an easy task for him either.
Wimbledon 2021: Novak Djokovic got the 3rd round
In the other matches, Roberto Bautista Agut eliminates Dominik Koepfer by 7-5 6-1 7-6 (4).
ndrey Rublev eliminates Fabio Fognini by 6-3 5-7 6-4 6-2. Golubic beats Madison Brengle 6-2 6-1. Liudmila Samsonova beats Sloane Stephens 6-2 2-6 6-4 and now she will challenge Karolina Pliskova in the 4th round. Elena Rybakina will challenge Aryna Sabalenka after beating Shelby Rogers 6-1 6-4.
Ons Jabeu qualified for the 4t round of Wimbledon 2021, after winning in three sets against former champion Garbina Muguruza. Tunisian won the match with the final score of 5-7 6-3 6-2 and, in the next match on the lawns of the All England Club, she will meet the young Pole star Iga Swiatek, who defeated Irina Begu for 6 -1 6-0.
As has already happened in five other circumstances, Fabio Fognini's path to Wimbledon 2021 is interrupted in the third round, a step below that second week that the Ligurian has never reached on the lawns of the All England Club.
Italian is Andrey Rublev. Against the Russian, Fognini had won five of the previous seven. The Russian confirms the expectation of the prediction and closes the match in four sets and three hours of play with a score of 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
If we want, it is Fognini who starts better: Fabio is the first to have a chance in response and he has it both in the third and in the fifth game, all however well neutralized by Rublev, almost always with the help of the first serve.