Djokovic downs Anderson for third round spot

Last Updated: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 20:49

London: Novak Djokovic continued his red-hot form with a straight sets victory over South Africa`s Kevin Anderson in the second round at Wimbledon on Thursday.

The Serbian second seed did not take the match without a fight as Anderson showed plenty of determination but was too good for the world number 36 in a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win on Court 1 which took just under two hours.

Despite Anderson`s efforts, Djokovic, who has only lost one match all year, outclassed his opponent at both the baseline and the net.

Djokovic faces either Cypriot number 32 seed Marcos Baghdatis or Italy`s Andreas Seppi in the third round.

"I served well, I played well, I returned really well. That was the key," Djokovic said.

"Every tennis player is looking for perfection all the time, trying to play the best possible tennis.”
"Even though I may be hard on myself sometimes I`m satisfied with my performance."

Twice a semi-finalist here, if Djokovic reaches the Wimbledon final or if Spain`s Rafael Nadal does not retain the title, the Serb is guaranteed to become the world number one.

Anderson took a while to get his game going, with Djokovic racing into a 5-0 lead.

The South African number one then got it back to 5-3, breaking the Serb, and held off two set points with excellent returns before Djokovic finally sealed the set.

The second set went with serve to 3-3 as Anderson dug in but Djokovic then took the next two games without conceding a point.

The South African had a 0-30 lead in the next game but Djokovic recovered to take the set.

The world number two broke in the first game of the third set and though Anderson took the third game to love, Djokovic won a key game to make it 4-2 and did not look back from there.

Anderson and qualifier Rik de Voest were both bidding to become the first South African to reach the third round at Wimbledon since Wayne Ferreira in 2004.

Kevin Curren holds the record for the best performance by a South African man at Wimbledon, reaching the 1983 semi-finals. He reached the 1985 final competing under the US flag.

De Voest, 31, ranked 147 in the world, was facing Chile`s Fernando Gonzalez, who knocked out Ukrainian 22nd seed Alexandr Dolgopolov in the first round.

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First Published: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 20:49

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