2017 Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic beats Gulbis to reach fourth round

To face Adrian Mannarino of France in round of 16

Novak Djokovic of Serbia.
Novak Djokovic delivered a solid performance to outclass Gulbis.

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.

Serbia's tennis star Novak Djokovic has apologized for his outburst at an umpire during his match against Gulbis.
Djokovic is seeded 4th at SW19.

“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.

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