August 8, 2022

Novak Djokovic faces fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic for a spot within the Wimbledon final 16 on Friday as John Isner targets changing into the game’s king of aces.

Kecmanovic, 22, has misplaced each his earlier two conferences towards the person he describes as his “idol”.

Nevertheless, with 2002 Wimbledon runner-up David Nalbandian in his teaching staff, he’s having fun with a breakout season.

Kecmanovic loved career-best runs to the final 16 on the Australian Open and third spherical at Roland Garros.

He has additionally damaged into the highest 30 for the primary time.

Djokovic, bidding to affix Pete Sampras as a seven-time Wimbledon champion, is within the third spherical on the All England Membership for the sixteenth time.

Second-round sufferer Thanasi Kokkinakis took simply seven video games off the 35-year-old.

“I obtained chopped,” was the Australian’s frank abstract.

Isner could also be 37 however his energy on a grass-court stays undiminished.

The enormous American has unleashed 90 aces in two rounds to date, together with 36 in his defeat of two-time champion Andy Murray within the second spherical.

Isner, a semi-finalist in 2018, has 13,724 profession aces to sit down simply 4 behind the all-time document held by Ivo Karlovic.

He faces Italian tenth seed Jannik Sinner for a spot within the fourth spherical.

“It is not going to place me within the Corridor of Fame or something like that, as a result of that is not me,” mentioned Isner.

Nation membership: Novak Djokovic faces fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic on Friday Picture: AFP / SEBASTIEN BOZON

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“However I would be the all-time chief. I am going to maintain taking part in, maintain including to my whole. I do not know if it is going to get damaged. I could possibly be up there for a very long time.”

On the different finish of the age scale, Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz targets the final 16 for the primary time when he faces Germany’s Oscar Otte.

Alcaraz wanted 5 units to see off Jan-Lennard Struff within the first spherical earlier than sweeping previous Tallan Griekspoor to make the final 32.

“I want extra hours on court docket, on grass, to really feel extra snug,” mentioned the 19-year-old.

Otte ought to be the more energizing of the 2.

He has dropped simply 5 video games in two rounds, helped by second-round opponent Christian Harrison retiring after simply quarter-hour.

Within the backside part of Djokovic’s draw, solely two seeds have survived.

British ninth seed Cameron Norrie faces Steve Johnson of the USA whereas US thirtieth seed Tommy Paul performs Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic.

Three of the highest 10 girls’s seeds — Anett Kontaveit, Danielle Collins and US Open champion Emma Raducanu — didn’t make the final 32 from their half of the draw.

However two Grand Slam champions have survived.

Angelique Kerber, the 2018 Wimbledon champion and a semi-finalist final yr, takes on Elise Mertens whereas 2017 French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko meets Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania.

Third seed Ons Jabeur, a quarter-finalist in 2021, faces 19-year-old Frenchwoman Diane Parry, who’s making her Wimbledon debut.

Greek fifth seed Maria Sakkari tackles Germany’s Tatjana Maria, certainly one of three moms who began out within the match.

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Sakkari is trying to achieve the final 16 for the primary time.