Novak Djokovic downs Alexei Popyrin, remains on Wimbledon title course

Novak Djokovic will play in the Wimbledon last 16 for the 16th time

by Jovica Ilic
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Novak Djokovic downs Alexei Popyrin, remains on Wimbledon title course
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Novak Djokovic is through to the Wimbledon fourth round for the 16th time from 19 trips to London! Novak faced Alexei Popyrin in the third round on Centre Court and scored a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 victory in three hours and five minutes.

Djokovic delivered his 95th Wimbledon win, remaining on the course toward the eighth All England Club title. Novak lost the opener before raising his level, losing serve once and scoring two breaks in sets two and three. The fourth set went into a tie break, and Djokovic sealed the deal to avoid a decider.

They hit the same number of winners, and Djokovic sprayed fewer unforced errors, taming his strokes nicely and entering the second week. The opening set saw eight comfortable holds and two challenging games in the middle of the set.

Popyrin survived deuces in the seventh game and made the difference with a break in the next one for an early advantage.

Novak Djokovic, Wimbledon 2024© Mike Hewitt / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Alexei landed 13 winners and eight unforced errors, struggling on the second serve but offering Novak no break chances.

The seven-time champion held at love in the first game of the encounter, landing a half-volley winner for a perfect start. Popyrin drew Djokovic's mistake in the second game with a crafty drop shot, leveling the score at 1-1.

The Serb held at love in the third game, landing a service winner and taking all eight points behind the initial shot. Alexei followed that pace and wrapped up the fourth game with powerful serves for 2-2. Djokovic secured another comfortable hold in the fifth game, landing a service winner and moving 3-2 in front.

The Aussie experienced the only issues in his games in the next one. He squandered a 40-0 lead and survived three deuces, holding with a forehand winner at the net and locking the result at 3-3. Novak sprayed a backhand error in the seventh game and faced a break point.

Alexei Popyrin, Wimbledon 2024© Mike Hewitt / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Novak Djokovic beat Alexei Popyrin in four sets.

Alexei seized it with a forehand crosscourt winner, securing a break and moving in front.

The Aussie cemented the break with a hold at love in game eight, rattling off seven points and moving closer to the opener. Popyrin served for the set at 5-4 and created a set point after Djokovic's wayward forehand. Alexei seized it with an ace on the second serve, wrapping up the opener 6-4 after 36 minutes.

Novak raised his level in the second set, landing 15 winners and five unforced errors and earning his first break that carried him toward the set. The Serb served well in the first game before playing against a break point at 1-1.

Djokovic denied it with an ace and held with a booming serve for a hold and a boost. Novak took charge on the return in the fourth game and converted the first after Alexei's volley error, moving 3-1 in front. The Serb grabbed the fifth game after deuces, firing a service winner and cementing the break for a 4-1 lead.

Novak Djokovic, Wimbledon 2024© Mike Hewitt / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Popyrin struggled behind the initial shot again in the sixth game, failing to bring service winners and impose his strokes. The Aussie erased it with an unreturned serve and brought the game home after four deuces, remaining within one break deficit.

The seven-time champion produced a quick hold in game seven, embracing serve & volley and holding at love for 5-2. Popyrin held after deuces in game eight to prolong the set, with Djokovic serving at 5-3. World no. 2 held at love with a booming serve, leveling the overall score after an hour and 24 minutes.

Novak played even better in the third set, spraying only two unforced errors and losing three points in his games. Novak clinched the set in the early stage, breaking Alexei in the first game after the Aussie's wild forehand.

Djokovic earned three game points in game two with a forehand winner and held at love with a service winner for a 2-0 advantage.

Novak Djokovic, Wimbledon 2024© Mike Hewitt / Staff - Getty Images Sport

The seven-time champion delivered another hold at love in game four, landing a forehand winner at the net for a 3-1 lead.

Popyrin embraced a couple of fine holds but could not do anything on the return, with Djokovic painting aces in game six for a 4-2 lead. Alexei held at 30 in the seventh game before Novak clinched the next one with an ace, maintaining the advantage.

The Serb served for the set at 5-4 and painted an ace, opening two sets to one advantage after two hours and six minutes and moving closer to the finish line. Popyrin served well in the first game of the fourth set, bringing it home with a volley winner.

The Serb responded with a crafty winner in the second game, leveling the score at 1-1 before the Aussie grabbed the next one with a forehand winner. Feeling no pressure in his games, Novak produced a hold at 15 in game four, and they both served well in the next two for 3-3.

Popyrin delivered his fastest hold in game seven, remaining on the positive side and holding without issues for the eighth straight time. The Aussie kept that pace and landed a forehand winner in game nine, moving 5-4 in front and keeping the pressure on the Serb.

Djokovic held at 15, leveling the score at 5-5 and adding more drama. Novak had a massive chance to clinch a break in the 11th game, generating three break chances. Popyrin denied them and closed the game with a winner at the net, roaring toward his box.

Djokovic held at 30 in the 12th game, introducing a tie break. Novak earned the first mini-break at 2-2 with a backhand down the line winner at the net and landed a smash winner for 4-2. Popyrin faced four match points and saved the first with a volley winner. Djokovic converted the second with a service winner, sealing the deal and moving through.

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