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Tennis: Djokovic survives Wimbledon friendly fire, Murray untroubled

Published on Jun 26, 2014 6:25 AM
 
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his men's singles second round match against Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek on day three of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

LONDON (AFP) - Top seed Novak Djokovic survived a testing Centre Court examination at the hands of close friend and veteran serve-and-volleyer Radek Stepanek to reach the Wimbledon third round on Wednesday.

Djokovic, the 2011 champion, carved out a 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/5) victory over the 35-year-old Czech who has now lost 11 of the pair's 12 meetings.

But the world number two progressed the hard way, squandering a 5-2 lead in the third set tie-break before recovering his composure.

Confident statistics of 18 aces and 54 winners helped lay the foundation for victory and a third round clash with French world number 44 Gilles Simon.

 
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