Digitally cleared daily wrap from 2022 Wimbledon Championships
Novak Djokovic looks to continue his march towards the Wimbledon final as the Serbian eyes a seventh crown at SW19 and a fourth successive title when he faces Tim Van Rijthoven for a place in the last eight.
The winner will face Jannik Sinner in the quarter-finals after the 20-year-old Italian defeated Carlos Alcaraz in four brilliant sets on Centre Court. Sinner required five match points to see of the 19-year-old Spaniard, who stayed alive by taking the third set on a tiebreak but was then put away 6-1 6-4 6-7 6-3.
There were mixed results for the British players. Cameron Norrie is through to the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time after beating Tommy Paul 6-4 7-5 6-4. He is the last Briton standing after Heather Watson was defeated in straight sets by Jule Niemeier on Centre Court.
There is also a tasty match on Centre Court among the future of the men’s game with Italian Jannik Sinner, 20, battling Spanish sensation Carlos Alcaraz, 19, and both men keen to book a first-ever quarter-final at Wimbledon.
It follows the drama of Nick Kyrgios defeating fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in four gripping sets on Saturday, with the Australian predictably suffering a mid-match meltdown in a heated contest, while Djokovic may have been more interested in the form of Rafael Nadal, who was back to his best in a straight sets win over Lorenzo Sonego.
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Wimbledon 2022: *Novak Djokovic 6-2 4-6 6-1 2-1 Tim Van Rijthoven
A booming ace from Van Rijthoven gets him his hold, as the Dutchman tries to steady himself. Breaking the Djokovic serve is a separate challenge, though. The top seed did not drop a single point behind his first serve in the previous set.
Jamie Braidwood3 July 2022 22:15
Wimbledon 2022: *Novak Djokovic 6-2 4-6 6-1 1-0 Tim Van Rijthoven – Djokovic breaks
Djokovic lets out a roar as Van Rijthoven succumbs to the pressure vice-like grip. The Dutchman goes long on break point and Djokovic again has an opening lead once again.
Jamie Braidwood3 July 2022 22:08
Wimbledon 2022: Novak Djokovic 6-2 4-6 6-1 Tim Van Rijthoven – Djokovic wins the third set
Normality is resumed as Djokovic holds to take the third. A steely and determined response from Djokovic, just as you would expect. Some of the defence and returns from Djokovic there was extremely impressive.
Jamie Braidwood3 July 2022 22:01
Wimbledon 2022: *Novak Djokovic 6-2 4-6 5-1 Tim Van Rijthoven
Djokovic with another sublime return and then lob over the rushing Van Rijthoven to bring up two set points.
The Dutchman’s serve even saves a third and he gets the hold as Djokovic pushes wide.
It saves the bagel but this set is Djokovic’s.
Jamie Braidwood3 July 2022 21:59
Wimbledon 2022: *Novak Djokovic 6-2 4-6 4-0 Tim Van Rijthoven – Djokovic breaks!
Djokovic rattled out a quick service game and then races to 0-30 on the Van Rijthoven serve. The Dutchman hangs in, Djokovic long for 30-30, but then hits the net with the short backhand up the line.
Van Rijthoven spots the line with the forehand winner and then steers a backhand down the line. Djokovic responds by clipping the baseline.
Deuce. Djokovic draws Van Rijthoven into the net and produces the lob. Van Rijthoven with the tweener. Long!
Break point – and Djokovic takes it. Remarkable defence to block the serve over the net and then return the drop shot with a lob. Van Rijthoven smacks it long on the turn.
Jamie Braidwood3 July 2022 21:50
Wimbledon 2022: *Novak Djokovic 6-2 4-6 2-0 Tim Van Rijthoven – Djokovic breaks!
Just like the opening set, Djokovic gets the quick break of serve to begin the third. It came out of nowhere and the Serbian looked to be in trouble after slipping at the back of the court. But an angled backhand pass beat Van Rijthoven and then he outlasted the Dutchman on a baseline duel to earn the break. Van Rijthoven edged the forehand long and Djokovic has the early advantage.
Jamie Braidwood3 July 2022 21:44
Wimbledon 2022: Novak Djokovic 6-2 4-6 1-0 Tim Van Rijthoven
There was a threat this would be a whitewash but Tim Van Rijthoven is thrilling Centre Court with a battling performance against the six-time champion.
Djokovic is in a serious match and it sets up an entertaining late-night contest under the lights.
Djokovic holds to open the third set.
Jamie Braidwood3 July 2022 21:38
Wimbledon 2022: Novak Djokovic 6-2 4-6 Tim Van Rijthoven* – Van Rijthoven wins the second set!
Wow this is a great game. But Djokovic is handed another chance as Van Rijthoven nets on the forehand.
The serve beats Djokovic but then a wild swing from Van Rijthoven goes long.
But again – Van Rijthoven is too strong on the serve and he puts away the winner at the net!
Ace! Set point! But Djokovic replies with the pick up at the net!
Second serve ace from Van Rijthoven! Stunning!
Another set point – Ace!
The wildcard levels against the six-time champion!
Jamie Braidwood3 July 2022 21:32
Wimbledon 2022: Novak Djokovic 6-2 4-5 Tim Van Rijthoven*
Another belting ace from Van Rijthoven and he moves two points away from the set – but Djokovic clips the net-cord with the slice to get to 30-30!
Huge point – but Van Rijthoven pounds the line with his 10th ace of the match!
Set point – Van Rijthoven with the drop shot but Djokovic gets low to produce the backhand winner crosscourt!
Deuce! Van Rijthoven is inches from the ace but then finds himself looking at break point as the second serve goes long! The Dutchman skelps the ball in frustration but another bomb out wide saves him!
Back to deuce. No! The backhand from Van Rijthoven finds the middle of the net. Djokovic finds the lines out wide but then slips at the baseline and Van Rijthoven puts away the winner!
Jamie Braidwood3 July 2022 21:25
Wimbledon 2022: Novak Djokovic 6-2 4-5 Tim Van Rijthoven*
Van Rijthoven, forehand flowing now, gets a comfortable hold of serve, highlighted by a winner down the line.
Djokovic is also able to rattle out a quick hold and it forces Van Rijthoven to serve it out for the second set.
Jamie Braidwood3 July 2022 21:20