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Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic signals title aims with a classy display

By Nick Purewal

Published 04/07/2015

Cruise control: Novak Djokovic made light work of Bernard Tomic, beating the Australian in straight sets
Cruise control: Novak Djokovic made light work of Bernard Tomic, beating the Australian in straight sets

Novak Djokovic cruised through to the fourth round of Wimbledon as Bernard Tomic posed him few problems on Centre Court.

The top seed and defending champion won 6-3 6-3 6-3 in one hour and 31 minutes against his Australian opponent.

Next for Serbian Djokovic, on Monday, will be the big-serving South African Kevin Anderson, who beat Leonardo Mayer of Argentina in straight sets on Court 12.

Djokovic said of the prospect of taking on world number 14 Anderson: "He is another big server and somebody that is in great form.

"I think he is probably playing the tennis of his life all in all. He's reached the highest ranking now in his career. He keeps on going forward.

"I think he improved his movement and his game from the baseline. He always had a very good serve.

"I think it's going to be a game of very small margins that will be decided by a few points. So I need to be able to get as many returns back in play.

"I'll try to mix up the pace, something similar to what I've done today. Hopefully I'll be on the high level against Kevin."

Djokovic, bidding to defend his title, has yet to drop a set.

He said: "I'm pleased with the performances so far.

"The second week is obviously always more challenging, more difficult than the first week, but I'm ready for it now.

"I have two days. I'm going to work on the court, get myself recovered and ready for a challenge that is presented in the second week."

The big two in the top half of the draw, Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka, both won in straight sets, but there were big-name exits as last year's losing semi-finalists departed.

Nick Kyrgios avenged his defeat to Milos Raonic from last year's quarter-finals and Grigor Dimitrov bowed out to Richard Gasquet, whose tennis was as easy on the eye as ever, treating Centre Court to all the best aspects of his luxurious game in claiming the straight-sets scalp of the Bulgarian.

Fourth seed and recent French Open winner Wawrinka, who stunned Djokovic in the Roland Garros final, sauntered to a 6-4 6-3 6-4 win against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

That sets up a shot at Belgian David Goffin next, and Wawrinka said: "It's great, for sure, to be in the second week.

"I haven't been broken in three matches. My game is there, in general, but also the confidence is there."

Gasquet turned on the style to sink the hopes of 11th seed Dimitrov, his 6-3 6-4 6-4 margin of victory was rich reward for a performance that charmed spectators inside the tournament's main show court.

The Frenchman lost in round two to Kyrgios last year, relinquishing a two-set lead and going down 10-8 in the fifth.

He has no qualms about calling their Monday tussle a revenge mission.

"It was an incredible match," he said, looking back 12 months. "It was very tough because I had nine match points and I couldn't do it, so it was a big match. Of course it was tough to lose. He played incredible.

"Of course after that he won against Nadal. It was a big thing for everybody. Of course it's revenge.

"Last year, even if I lost, it was a match we will never forget, me and him."

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