Djokovic Sets Up Tomic Clash At Wimbledon
The World No. 1 edges closer to his 650th tour-level match win by reaching the Wimbledon third round
Djokovic moved to within three match wins of 650 tour-level victories Wednesday by beating Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 on Centre Court at the All England Club.
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"I would rate [the match] probably around 7 or 8 [out of 10]," said Djokovic. "I think it was a very solid performance. I've done just enough to win in straight sets. He started off very well, very aggressive, [with] winners in the first couple games. I managed to stay calm and believed that I could come back. That's what I've done. I think the crucial turning point was the 10th game of the first set when I won the set and I started playing more freely. I thought I had the match under control and everything was fine."
The 28-year-old Serbian recovered from a 1-3 deficit in the first set. He converted five of his 14 break point opportunities in the 92-minute encounter. He has won five titles so far in 2015, improving to a 43-3 match record.
Nieminen, who is set to retire later this year, was competing at Wimbledon for the 12th time. He reached the 2006 quarter-finals (l. to Nadal).
Tomic withstood 21 aces from Pierre-Hugues Herbert in a 7-6(3), 6-4, 7-6(5) win. "It was not easy," said Tomic. "Obviously, his game is suited for this surface, so for me it was a very difficult match. I thought I played okay. At the right times, I played very well - served very well. He's a tricky player."
Looking ahead to the Tomic clash, Djokovic said, "I do expect him to serve well, and I do expect him to mix up the game [and] come up with a lot of variety. That's what he does. He's got a lot of talent in his hands. This is the surface that he loves playing the most on. So it's going to be a difficult match."