Novak Djokovic has qualified for the fourth round at Wimbledon after beating Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(2).
Djokovic looked comfortable from the first set, as Gulbis was broken early on.
In the second set, the Serbian lost just one game, as he easily ran to a two set lead over the Latvian.
Gulbis will make things more difficult for the second seed in the third set, however, pushing Djokovic into a tie-break before the 30-year-old closed out for the win and a place in the round of 16.
Djokovic had a heated moment with the umpire during the match, complaining he was too late to challenge two calls.
“That’s two points in a row, beginning of the match. Focus, please,” Djokovic had said to the umpire, according to the BBC.
Explaining the altercation later, Djokovic said: “it was not the right words to say, I apologise. It was just very odd in the third game two situations where I thought the call should have been different.
“But he is trying to do his job the best he can, I am too. In the heat of the moment you exchange things and I think we will be fine,” he added.
On his victory over Gulbis, the Serbian expressed delight with his performance.
“I am delighted with the performance,” Djokovic said.
“I thought I raised the level of tennis compared to the last couple of matches and last couple of weeks. It was the most focused I was on court and at the right time.
Djokovic also had some good words for his challenger, Gulbis.
“Gulbis presents a great challenge. He is very unpredictable, he has a huge serve at 125, 130 miles per hour and on grass it’s not easy against a big server like that,” the Serbian said.
“He started very well. He was a break up and I managed to win seven or eight games in a row, which gave me lot of confidence. In general I’m very pleased with how I felt I played,” he concluded.
Waiting for Djokovic next is Adrian Mannarino, who defeated compatriot, Gael Monfils, in a five set thriller, 6-7, 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 2-6.