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Novak Djokovic is all smiles after improving to 2-0 against Hubert Hurkacz in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series on Friday at Wimbledon.

Djokovic Locked In Before 'Manic Monday'

Serbian looking to sharpen level before second week

The highest seed Novak Djokovic could face en route to the Wimbledon final is 15th seed Milos Raonic as the top half of the draw has been decimated by upsets. Fourth seed Kevin Anderson added his name to the list on Friday, joining sixth seed Alexander Zverev and seventh seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who both lost in the first round.

But Djokovic is hardly feeling complacent after making his 12th Wimbledon Round of 16 on Friday, tying Boris Becker for third place on the Open Era list, behind only Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors (16). The four-time champion beat 22-year-old Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-4 to reach the fourth round.

“There were a lot of top seeds that went out in early rounds in Wimbledon. That's why these kind of tournaments are regarded as the most important events where you always come out with your best game.

The lower-ranked players, they find these tournaments as a great opportunity for them to highlight their strengths, to eventually get a scalp and win against a top player. That's what happens,” Djokovic said.

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I'm going to have two days off now, playing last 16 on Monday. Plenty of time to get ready, work on certain things that maybe have not worked today so well.”

The Serbian said he'll particularly want to hone in on taking advantages of his opportunities. Djokovic was one for 10 on break points in the opening two sets before running away with the match to improve to 2-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

Credit to Hurkacz for playing well. He pushed me. He served well. He attacked the ball mid-court. He gave it all and played a great quality match,” Djokovic said. “I should have capitalised on my opportunities also in the second set. I wasn't really on top of his second serve. I was a bit hesitant in the play, which wasn't the case in the first two matches.

But I think third set was great. Fourth set, as well, very solid. I'm really pleased with the way I finished the match.”

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Djokovic was impressed with No. 48 Hurkacz, who qualified for the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan last November and has risen 74 spots in the ATP Rankings during the past 12 months.

His serve is his greatest weapon. For someone that is as tall as him, he's moving really well. I thought he was getting some stretch balls that you wouldn't maybe expect him to get. He was sliding, diving, making some great points. Yeah, it was great performance from his side,” Djokovic said.

Next up for the 15-time Grand Slam champion is another #NextGenATP player in Frenchman Ugo Humbert, who beat Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada to make his first fourth round at a Grand Slam.


Big serve, very explosive, very dynamic player. He's tall, has a big game from back of the court. Flat backhand, very solid. He can play anything really. He's an all-around player,” Djokovic said.

He has the really good slide serve wide. He uses that. He uses his height very well. He's got a good technique. He's one of the leaders of the Next Generation with Felix and Hurkacz.

It's great. I think it's great for tennis to have the young guys doing so well, showing the quality of the tennis they possess, but also showing the dedication, commitment, confidence they're able to play on the big stage, challenge the best players in the world.”

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