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Top seed Novak Djokovic eases past Jeremy Chardy

Updated: Monday, 01 Jul 2013 16:18 | Comments

Novak Djokovic: 'I managed to read his serve. Everything went well'
Novak Djokovic: 'I managed to read his serve. Everything went well'

Wimbledon top seed Novak Djokovic capped a "very encouraging" first week by dismantling the game of Frenchman Jeremy Chardy on Saturday. 

The 26-year-old needed just one hour and 26 minutes to overwhelm the 28th seed 6-3 6-2 6-2 on Centre Court.

Chardy has failed to take a set off the Serbian in seven matches and joked his opponent must have the ability to read minds.

"It was a fantastic match," Djokovic said. "I felt great from the start until the end.

"I had that super focus, you know, and tried to be out there every point and not allow him to come back to the match or to have any chance.

"I saw the stats that I won 100% of first serves and I served over 80% of serves in in the whole match. That was incredible for me.

"I enjoyed every moment of it, especially at the end. I managed to read his serve. Everything went well.

"When you play that well, obviously you feel great, you feel confident.

"This kind of performance came in the right time for me."

"I had that super focus, you know, and tried to be out there every point and not allow him to come back to the match"

The win puts Djokovic into the Wimbledon last 16 for the fifth consecutive year, with 35-year-old German Tommy Haas, the 13th seed, standing in his way of a quarter-final berth.

The German 13th seed had to come from behind on Court One to see off Feliciano Lopez, eventually winning through 4-6 6-2 7-5 6-4.

Following him onto court was fourth seed David Ferrer, who came through a fantastic five-set tussle with Alexandr Dolgopolov.

It took three hours 12 minutes for the Spaniard to eventually win through the topsy-turvy clash, which ended 6-7 (6/8) 7-6 (7/2) 2-6 6-1 6-2.

French Open finalist Ferrer faces a fourth-round clash on Monday with Ivan Dodig, who progressed after Dutch opponent Igor Sijsling retired when 6-0 6-1 1-0 behind on Court 18.

Australian Bernard Tomic overcame ninth seed Richard Gasquet in a wonderful match that opened play on Centre Court.

Much has been said of the absence of Tomic's coach and father, John, owing to an ATP suspension for an alleged assault, which is denied, and the 20-year-old started the week by criticising men's tour chiefs.

The Australian ended it with tennis at the top of the agenda though, with his 7-6 (9/7) 5-7 7-5 7-6 (7/5) third-round success following his earlier triumphs against Sam Querrey and James Blake.

"I'm very, very happy," Tomic said. "It's a huge win for me.

"I played very well and I needed to against Richard. The last two times he beat me, unfortunately. This time I was very happy to win but I played very good tennis."

Tomic faces another tough encounter in the last 16, where he will take on seventh seed Tomas Berdych after the Czech came from a set down to beat fellow big-server Kevin Anderson 3-6 6-3 6-4 7-5.

Mikhail Youzhny set up a fourth-round clash with second seed Andy Murray by seeing off Viktor Troicki 6-3 6-4 7-5 on Court Two.

Fernando Verdasco will play Kenny De Schepper on fourth-round day after they respectively overcame Ernests Gulbis and Juan Monaco, while Lukasz Kubot beat Benoit Paire to earn a match against Adrian Mannarino.

Andreas Seppi overcame Japanese 12th seed Kei Nishikori and now faces the unenviable task of overcoming Juan Martin del Potro after the eighth-seeded Argentinian toppled Grega Zemlja.

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