Wimbledon 2022: Novak Djokovic, Britain’s No. 1 Cameron Norrie and Heather Watson in action in the third round | Tennis News

Novak Djokovic is in contention for a fourth consecutive title; the 35-year-old hasn’t lost a match at Wimbledon since 2017; Cameron Norrie will face Steve Johnson who beat British joker Ryan Peniston last time out; Heather Watson will face Kaja Juvan on Court 1

Last update: 06/30/22 23:34

Novak Djokovic will be in action on center court on Friday

Top seed Novak Djokovic and Britain’s number one Cameron Norrie will be on center court in the third round of men’s singles at Wimbledon on Friday.

Djokovic, who beat Thanasi Kokkinakis in straight sets in the second round on Wednesday, will face compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the second match of the day on center court. The 35-year-old Serbian is in contention for a fourth consecutive title to move level with Pete Sampras in seven, and into one of men’s record holders Roger Federer.

After claiming his victory on Wednesday, Djokovic said: “I must say that I am quite satisfied with how I raised the level of tennis in two days.

“Hopefully I can keep this trajectory, just thinking about the next challenge and hoping things will improve as the tournament goes on.”

Norrie is in the third round after going the distance in a five-set thriller with Jaume Munar, and Friday will face Steve Johnson who beat British wildcard Ryan Peniston in straight sets last time out.

Third-seeded Ons Jabeur will be first in the main stadium against 19-year-old Diane Parry.

Ons Jabeur will face 19-year-old Diane Parry

Ons Jabeur will face 19-year-old Diane Parry

Jabeur had a breakthrough season where she rose to world number two and even though Wimbledon lost her ranking points, that didn’t stop the Tunisian from dreaming.

“I don’t like to focus on negative things,” she added. “If I win, I will be the only player to win a Grand Slam without points!”

Heather Watson will be the first on the No. 1 court on Friday after reaching the third round of Wimbledon for the fourth time with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Qiang Wang. The last game of the match was played on Thursday after the pair were forced out by darkness on Wednesday night.

Watson will face Slovenian Kaja Juvan, who beat Dalma Galfi in the second round.

The former champion Angelique Kerber and the promising Carlos Alcaraz will be on court n°1 after Watson, playing respectively Elise Mertens and Oscar Otte.

Heather Watson will be the first on Court No. 1 on Friday

Heather Watson will be the first on Court No. 1 on Friday

Once labeled a clay-court specialist, Alcaraz proved his worth on hard courts earlier this year when he won the Miami Open, but he didn’t have match practice on grass after jumping the Wimbledon tune-out at the Queen’s Club due to an elbow problem.

But he advanced to the All England Club third round for the first time in his career and the 19-year-old can consider himself one of the favorites with the men’s squad decimated by bans, injuries, illnesses and some early upheavals.

The youngest man in the draw survived a five-set encounter in the first round before moving past the second round with a straight-set victory over Tallon Griekspoor.

“I felt more comfortable (against Griekspoor) than in the first round. But obviously, as I said, I need more hours on the court, on the grass, to feel more comfortable,” Alcaraz said.

“I feel comfortable playing on court two. Obviously the first round was with the roof. It was really, really different, a different court. I felt slow that game compared to the first round, I would say it was totally different.

“The crowd is amazing. Of course playing on the grass is so beautiful to me… I love (playing) on ​​the grass and I love playing here at Wimbledon.”

Carlos Alcaraz is the youngest man in the draw

Carlos Alcaraz is the youngest man in the draw

Who else is in action on Friday?

On court n°2, John Isner will face Jannik Sinner after defeating Andy Murray in four sets in the second round.

“It was an incredible honor to play him on this court in front of this crowd. At the age I am now, I have to savor these moments. It was one of the biggest wins of my career,” Isner said after the game on Wednesday.

Caroline Garciawho eliminated Emma Raducanu on Wednesday, will face China Shuai Zhang on field number 3.

“Emma is a huge player and in her home tournament and she has proven she can do really well on the big stage. It’s just that they support Emma and of course that’s a big memory for me,” Garcia said of his first appearance on center court. .

Jamie Murray will be in action with Venus Williamsthe pair taking on Alicja Rosolska and Michael Venus in the first round of mixed doubles.

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