June 29, 2013

Wimbledon: Serb cements his status as favorite

If Novak Djokovic keeps playing as he did against Jeremy Chardy, a second title is his for the taking.

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Serena Williams dominated 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm, the oldest woman at Wimbledon, to record her 600th career victory Saturday at Centre Court.

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MONDAY’S TOP MATCHES

No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 13 Tommy Haas

No. 2 Andy Murray vs. No. 20 Mikhail Youzhny

No. 1 Serena Williams vs. No. 23 Sabine Lisicki

Laura Robson vs. Kaia Kanepi

Andreas Seppi vs. Juan Martin Del Potro

No. 4 David  Ferrer vs. Ivan Dodig

TV: 7 a.m., ESPN2

Radwanska held off a hard-serving performance by American teenager Madison Keys to win 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

Tomic, who in 2011 as an 18-year-old qualifier became the youngest Wimbledon quarterfinalist since Boris Becker in 1985, beat Gasquet, 7-6 (7), 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (5).

Tomic's father and coach, John, is accused of head-butting his son's training partner before a tournament in Madrid and has been barred from even buying a ticket to Wimbledon.

But Tomic said he's still getting advice and help from his father.

"He's helping me at this tournament," Tomic said. "I'm not doing it on my own. My dad is still involved. That's why I've gotten to where I am in this tournament."

Former runner-up Tomas Berdych and No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro also advanced, although del Potro said he would need to see a doctor after injuring his ankle and knee in a scary late fall during his 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-0 victory against Grega Zemlja of Slovenia.

Del Potro hurt his left leg when chasing down a drop shot in the third set, skidding awkwardly on the grass and then tumbling face first.

"It was really painful. I was a little scared at that moment," del Potro said.

As is traditional on the middle Saturday of the tournament, the Royal Box on Centre Court was filled with invited sports stars, this year mainly British gold-medal winners from the London Olympics. Among those getting the biggest ovation from the crowd were cyclists Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton, as well as Murray, who donned a suit and tie to make a brief appearance in the box to celebrate his singles gold medal won on Centre Court.

Laura Robson gave the crowd another reason to cheer when she became the first British woman since Sam Smith in 1998 to reach the fourth round. Robson rallied from a set and a break down to beat Marina Erakovic of New Zealand, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Igor Sijsling of Netherlands retired against Croatia's Ivan Dodig when trailing 6-0, 6-1, 1-0, the 13th retirement or walkover of the tournament. That equals a Wimbledon record from 2008.

 

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