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Djokovic, Murray head to fourth round at Wimbledon

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The Canadian Press
6/27/2014 3:23:36 PM
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London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Top-seeded former winner Novak Djokovic, who survived an injury scare, and defending champion Andy Murray highlighted Friday's third-round winners at Wimbledon.

The former world No. 1 Djokovic, who is the top seed despite being No. 2 in the world rankings, beat Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 on Centre Court.

Leading 3-2 in the third set and with Simon serving, Djokovic slipped while going for a forehand shot and fell hard to the grass. The Serbian was in obvious pain as he grabbed his upper left arm.

Djokovic received medical treatment to his left shoulder before finishing out the match.

The 27-year-old Djokovic, who's coached by three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, won his title in 2011.

Up next for the French Open runner-up Djokovic is 14th-seeded French star Jo- Wilfried Tsonga, who defeated Jimmy Wang 6-2, 6-2, 7-5.

The third-seeded Murray breezed past 27th-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 at the All England Club, where the Scot has now won his last 16 matches, including an Olympic gold medal run in 2012.

Murray beat Djokovic in last year's final to give Britain its first male singles Wimbledon champion in 77 years.

Up next for Murray will 20th-seeded towering South African Kevin Anderson, who topped 16th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, seeded 11th, outlasted 21st-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Dimitrov will next play Argentine Leonardo Mayer, who dismissed Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 to reach the fourth round of a major for the first time in his career.

Also, Jeremy Chardy of France took down Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-0.

Next up for Chardy is sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych or 26th-seeded Croat Marin Cilic, who were still playing.

In second-round action, No. 19 seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain got past Ante Pavic of Croatia 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5; Santiago Giraldo of Colombia outlasted No. 30 seed Marcel Granollers of Spain 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 1-6, 6-1, 7-5 and 15th- seeded Jerzy Janowicz of Poland outlasted 2002 Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 4-6, 6-3.

The 33-year-old Hewitt played in his 42nd five-set match at a Grand Slam tournament, the most in the Open Era, surpassing Andre Agassi's mark of 41.

Novak Djokovic (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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