Should Carlos Alcaraz reach the second week of Wimbledon 2022, things for Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, in the very small circle of the very favorites, could get complicated. The Spanish talent, in his second career experience on English lawns, after the crazy victory in the first round with Jan-Lennard Struff wins a match of pure itch against Tallon Griekspoor, Fabio Fognini's executioner at the debut.
Alcaraz, who dominates the tie break of a second set managed by the service, spreads in the third and seals the success at 6-4 7-6 (0) 6-3 at the threshold of two hours of play. Serbian derby in the third round for Novak Djokovic, called to the challenge with Miomir Kecmanovic, Jannik Sinner instead will touch the challenge with John Isner, who in the final part of the day on the Central Court overcomes Andy Murray in four sets.
The two-time champion of the tournament manages to drag the game to the fourth set in some way: the fourth turns out to be fatal for the host, who pays a break at the opening and is no longer able to put the score back on track despite a 15 -30 right in the final game.
He finishes 6-4 7-6 (4) 6-7 (3) 6-4 after almost three hours of play with a lot of interruption. She is not surprised by the success of Caroline Garcia, champion in Bod Hamburg, against Emma Raducanu on the Center Court. Same speech and fate for Garbine Muguruza, who basically resists a set against Greta Minnen.
Djokovic takes just under two hours of play to break the resistance of Thanasi Kokkianiks and reach at least the third round for the sixteenth time in his career. He leaves little room for interpretation in the 6-1 6-4 6-2 final.
He then continues the hunt for the very Serbian champion for the crown week at the Championships, the fourth in a row. The winner of the match between Tabilo and Kecmanovic awaits him now. Against Kwon, presumably, he had kept his foot well off the accelerator in an attempt, at times productive, at times less so, to preserve some energy and above all to regain confidence with the Center Court of WImbledon.
No sooner said than done. The Serbian champion plays a simplistically perfect match against Kokkinakis, helped a little even by the serve, the only shot available in the paraphernalia to stay afloat in the score, so much so that he finds himself living with a very good competitive training.
The six-time champion of the tournament, who is present in a perfect way in response and who above all manages the matter from the baseline without particular difficulties, dominates the first fraction and highlights all the limits of Kokkinakis' tennis, who fails to be incisive even with the forehand.