Djokovic survives injury scare to make last 16

AFP| Updated: Jun 27, 2014, 21:10 PM IST

London: Top seed Novak Djokovic survived a shoulder injury scare to reach the Wimbledon fourth round on Friday with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win over France`s Gilles Simon, his seventh successive victory over the Frenchman. 

Djokovic, the 2011 champion, needed a medical timeout to receive treatment and take a painkiller after hurting his left shoulder in a spectacular diving attempt to reach a Simon drive in the sixth game of the third set on Centre Court. 

But the Serb overcame the scare to set up a clash with French 14th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a place in the quarter-finals.

Djokovic admitted he was shaken by his fall and finished the match in some discomfort, but the world number two hopes the damage isn`t severe enough to impede his chances of continuing in the tournament.

"Yes it was a sharp pain when I fell. It was an awkward fall. I was just hoping nothing was going on bad with the joint," he said.

"There was no damage in the joint, so I could play a few games after that. The muscle was still quite sore because of the impact, so all in all I`m just glad to get through.

"In the important moments I played well and came up with the right selection of shots, even though I dropped a couple of service games.

"Now there are two days off so I`m going to recover and get ready."

Djokovic has won 10 of his 11 meetings with the big-serving Tsonga, including in the 2011 Wimbledon semi-finals and the quarter-finals at the 2012 Olympic Games, which were staged at the All England Club.

But the Serb knows the flamboyant Tsonga, twice a Wimbledon semi-finalist, is a dangerous opponent on grass.

"It`s obvious that as the tournament progresses you are going to encounter players with a higher ranking that can make an impact at this stage," Djokovic added.

"He is a great grasscourt player and has won against some good players at Wimbledon.

"He loves the energy of the stadium. I remember my matches against him in the 2011 semi-finals here and the Olympic Games."