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  • Wimbledon Friday: Novak Djokovic cruises into fourth round

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet4 days ago

    Novak Djokovic had a quick day of work at Wimbledon, advancing in straight sets over Bernard Tomic, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. He joins No. 3 Stan Wawrinka in the fourth round, who advanced with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 win over Fernando Verdasco.

    Djokovic and Wawrinka looked dominant in their respective wins. Djokovic recorded 15 aces and won 18 points on 23 approaches at the net. Wawrinka served 14 aces and won an impressive 87 percent of first serve points.

    Young Australian Nick Kyrgios continued his streak of knocking out top seeds at Wimbledon. Last year he stunned Rafael Nadal in the fourth round. This year he sent home No. 7 Milos Raonic in the third round, pulling off the 5-7, 7-5, 7-6, 6-3 upset.

    Kyrgios served 34 aces and won 84 percent of his first serve points. "I knew my game plan had to be solid on serve," Kyrgios said after the match. "I thought I was doing really, really well today. …I created a lot of chances."

    "I don't fear anyone," he said. "I definitely feel I'm playing better tennis than last year."

    His lack of fear extends to his wardrobe choice for the day, as noted by the New York Times' Ben Rothenberg:

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  • Serena, Venus Williams advance to third round of Wimbledon

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet5 days ago

    Serena Williams continued the quest for her twenty-first Grand Slam – and third of the year – with an impressive 6-4, 6-1 win over over Timea Babos in the second round on Wednesday. The complete match lasted 59 minutes, allowing Williams to get off the court and out of the record heatwave currently hitting London.  

    The world No. 1 recorded 12 aces, winning 82 percent of her first serve points and hitting 23 winners. She looks as though she’s fully recovered from the virus that she battled during her French Open title run, though reports to the contrary have been swirling around all week. Whatever the case, she looked solid on Wednesday.

    “I'm definitely playing well which I never say. I had two tough matches. She's got such a huge serve, I had no option not to play well,” Williams said after the match. “They were definitely not easy wins. I hope I'm not playing my best, I hope there's room to improve.”

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