Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic beats Jarkko Nieminen in straight sets
Last Updated: 02/07/15 3:59pm
Novak Djokovic overcame an early blip to seal his place in the third round at Wimbledon with a 6-4 6-2 6-3 win over Jarkko Nieminen.
The top seed was broken in the very first game of the match, and for 30 minutes or so Nieminen looked like providing him with a real test, but the defending champion ran found his rhythm and proved as ruthless as ever.
Nieminen troubled Djokovic in the first set, but such was the Serb's dominance in the end, the only break point he allowed was the one the Finn took in the opening minutes.
Djokovic took his time to get into the match but managed to cancel out the break and then took another chance to claim the opening set with a second break.
The pattern continued through the rest of the match, with Djokovic taking enough of the chances he was offered by Nieminen, his play proving particularly effective at the net.
Two breaks were enough to take the second set and he only needed one in the third set as he set up a third round clash with Bernard Tomic.
Tomic, seeded 27, came through a tough encounter with Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in straight sets, although the game was close and he only prevailed 7-6 6-4 7-6.
Milos Raonic almost matched the Wimbledon serving speed record against German veteran Tommy Haas as the Canadian powerhouse also moved into the Wimbledon third round.
Seventh seed Raonic, a semi-finalist last year on the west London lawns, boomed down one delivery at 145mph, just short of the 148mph missile American Taylor Dent produced five years ago.
Despite his ferocious game, the Canadian was still dragged into a fourth set by injury-plagued 37-year-old former world No 2 Haas, who on Monday became the oldest man to win a Wimbledon singles match since Jimmy Connors in 1991.
"I mean, that serve is special, that's for sure," Haas, who lost 6-0 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-4) on a cauldron-like Court One, said. "It's been a while since I faced a serve like that."
Haas was completely overpowered for two sets but hit back to snatch the third before Raonic, who fired down 29 aces, prevailed in a nervy fourth set.
He will need his grass-burning delivery in the next round when he faces Australian Nick Kyrgios, whose destructive serve first made a big impact last year when he took out Spain's Rafa Nadal in the last 16.
Kyrgios fired another verbal volley at Wimbledon officials during a heated 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-4 win over Argentina's Juan Monaco earlier in the day.
Despite his moaning, Kyrgios was still playing well enough to overwhelm world No 35 Monaco and he has yet to drop a set in this year's tournament.
But his seemingly stroppy behaviour is certain to overshadow his impressive form once again.
Other selected men’s singles results:
(14) Kevin Anderson (Rsa) bt Marsel Ilhan (Tur) 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 6-4,
Santiago Giraldo (Col) bt (5) Kei Nishikori (Jpn) w/o
(17) John Isner (USA) bt Matthew Ebden (Aus) 6-2 7-6 (10-8) 6-4
Fernando Verdasco (Spa) bt (32) Dominic Thiem (Aut) 5-7 6-4 5-7 6-3 6-4
Denis Kudla (USA) bt Alexander Zverev (Ger) 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4
(9) Marin Cilic (Cro) bt Ricardas Berankis (Lit) 6-3 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 7-5 (24)
Leonardo Mayer (Arg) bt Marcel Granollers (Spa) 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3
Marcos Baghdatis (Cyp) bt John Millman (Aus) 6-7 (5-7) 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4
(11) Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) bt Steve Johnson (USA) 7-6 (10-8) 6-2 7-6 (7-2)
(21) Richard Gasquet (Fra) bt Kenny De Schepper (Fra) 6-0 6-3 6-3
(16) David Goffin (Bel) bt Liam Broady (Gbr) 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 6-1