Novak Djokovic eyes Wimbledon last 16; John Isner aims for an ace record

Novak Djokovic eyes Wimbledon last 16; John Isner aims for an ace record: On Friday, Novak Djokovic will compete against fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic for a spot in the Wimbledon round of 16. John Isner aims to become the sport’s all-time leading ace-maker. 

The 22-year-old Kecmanovic has lost his prior encounters with the guy he calls his “idol.” However, he is having a breakthrough season with the inclusion of 2002 Wimbledon runner-up David Nalbandian on his coaching staff. 

At the Australian Open and Roland Garros, Kecmanovic had run to the career-best third round. He has also made his first appearance in the top 30.

For the 16th time, Djokovic is in the third round at the All England Club and is attempting to become the second player, after Pete Sampras, to win Wimbledon seven times.

The second-round victim Thanasi Kokkinakis lost to the 35-year-old in seven games.

The blunt description from the Australian was, “I was cut.”

Ace King

Isner is 37 years old, yet his dominance on a grass court has not faded.

The enormous American has hit 90 aces in only two matches, including 36 in his second-round victory against two-time winner Andy Murray.

Isner, a semi-finalist in 2018, is just four aces shy of Ivo Karlovic’s record with 13,724 in his career.

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He must defeat Italian Jannik Sinner, the 10th seed, to advance to the fourth round.

Isner remarked, “It won’t make me eligible for the Hall of Fame or anything like that because it’s not who I am.

“However, I will be the all-time champion. I’ll keep participating and increasing my total. I’m not sure whether it will break. I may spend quite some time up there.”

The youngster from Spain, Carlos Alcaraz, will take against the German, Oscar Otte, at the opposite end of the age spectrum and aim for the last 16.

Alcaraz defeated Jan-Lennard Struff in five sets in the first round before cruising over Tallan Griekspoor to advance to the round of 32.

The 19-year-old said, “I need more time on the court and grass to feel more comfortable.

The younger of the two should be Otte.

Due to his opponent in the second round, Christian Harrison, quitting after just 15 minutes, he has only lost five games in two rounds.

Only two seeds made it out of Djokovic’s bottom half of the draw.

While American 30th seed Tommy Paul takes on Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic, British ninth seed Cameron Norrie takes against American Steve Johnson.

Anett Kontaveit, Danielle Collins, and US Open winner Emma Raducanu, three of the top 10 women’s seeds, did not go beyond the round of 32 from their side of the draw.

However, two Grand Slam winners have persevered.

2018 Wimbledon champion and semifinalist Angelique Kerber will face Elise Mertens, while 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko will face Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu.

Ons Jabeur, the third seed and a 2021 quarterfinalist will compete against Frenchwoman Diane Parry, 19, who will be playing in her first Wimbledon match.

The fifth-seeded Greek Maria Sakkari takes against Tatjana Maria of Germany, one of the tournament’s three original moms.

Sakkari is trying to make history by making it to the last 16.