Friday, June 29, 2012
Novak Djokovic rallied past Radek Stepanek 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the 4th round at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships.
Djokovic, the defending champion had five break-point chances but he was not able to convert any.
Stepanek took advantage of that and broke the Serb to win the opening set.
From that moment on, Nole dominated the match, he broke in the first game in each of the final three sets.
Stepanek repeatedly played serve and volley and had Djokovic on his heels in the early going. Djokovic hit an improbable winner that skipped off the top of the net post and still lost the first set.
Then the match quickly swung his way, and Stepanek couldn't compete with Djokovic's mistake-free play. The Serb committed just 13 unforced errors in 221 points.
The match remained entertaining even as it became lopsided. One game in the final set lasted 26 points and had Djokovic smiling at Stepanek's unconventional style, which included a belly flop in pursuit of a shot.
Djokovic next opponent will be Viktor Troicki, who beat Juan Monaco 7-5, 7-5, 6-3.