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- So, top seed Novak Djokovic is through to the third round after a bit of a battle. It wouldn't be described as a scare, Djokovic never looked like losing the match, but Stepanek definitely put up a fight. Next up for the world number two will be Gilles Simon, the Frenchman a winner in straight sets of Robin Haase earlier on this afternoon.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 6-7(5) 7-6(5) Stepanek. GAME, SET AND MATCH. Compared with some of the shots he has made today, Stepanek misses an easy forehand from up at the net to hand Djokovic a first match point. And Djokovic wraps things up with a cross court forehand passing shot winner. The ball is called out and Stepanek thinks it was out as well but he's not sure, Djokovic challenges and it turns out that ball had in fact landed plum on the line. The call is overturned and Djokovic is through to the third round. What a heart-breaking way for Stepanek to lose the match.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 6-7(5) 6-6 (5-5) Stepanek. TIE-BREAK. Djokovic stretches his lead to 5-2 after the change of ends with a backhand passing shot winner down the line before Stepanek again forces his way back into the breaker and levelling up with an ace.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 6-7(5) 6-6 (4-2) Stepanek. TIE-BREAK. Stepanek lands awkwardly after a bizarre dive and looks to be in a little bit of pain initially. He's back up and on his feet after not too long though, but Djokovic has the mini-break lead after the failed attempt to volley the ball back in play by Stepanek. Djokovic rides the mini-break to the change of ends, although he was in this position in the last set too remember.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 6-7(5) 6-6 Stepanek. It will be another tie-break as Stepanek races through a solid service hold, a big serve sealing the hold as Djokovic fails to land his return.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 6-7(5) 6-5 Stepanek. The Czech player earns himself a break point! The noise from the crowd clearly shows they want to see this go to a fifth and Stepanek is feeding off that energy right now as he produces a forehand winner down the line to bring up break point. Djokovic saves it with a backhand winner before going on to hold at the second attempt, Stepanek denying him on the first with a forehand right on the baseilne. The ball was called out but a challenge from the Czech player showed the ball was in and Djokovic's return into the net is deemed to have cost him the point.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 6-7(5) 5-5 Stepanek. Djokovic plays an ill-advised backhand drop shot, mis-hitting the ball into the net instead. Stepanek was looking pretty comfortable in the game, though, leading 40-15 and it secures him the hold that levels up the scores once again.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 6-7(5) 5-4 Stepanek. Djokovic eases through another love service hold while Stepanek keeps the crowd entertained by leaping over the net after chasing down (albeit not managing to get the ball back in play) a drop shot from the Serb. Next will come a real test of what Stepanek has left though as he will have to serve to keep the match alive after the change of ends.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 6-7(5) 4-4 Stepanek. Stepanek once again matches Djokovic's hold to 15, his only dropped point of the game coming on a rare trip to the net from the Serb as he dinks a forehand volley winner into the court having pushed Stepanek well out of position.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 6-7(5) 4-3 Stepanek. The Serb is calmly going about his business in this fourth set so far, being in the nice position of always serving first. There's no sign of panic or frustration from the top seed about being taken to a fourth, as he holds once again, for the loss of just the one point, to sneak back in front.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 6-7(5) 3-3 Stepanek. The 35-year-old Stepanek is revelling in the fight on Centre Court right now as he bounces his way through a love service hold with another trip to the net and a big serve that Djokovic cannot return in play.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 6-7(5) 3-2 Stepanek. Another workmanlike service game from Djokovic as he holds for the loss of just the one point, a second serve winner followed by a first serve that Stepanek can only return into the net.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 6-7(5) 2-2 Stepanek. A big first serve from Stepanek helps him to a hold to 30 when Djokovic nets his backhand return. Relatively straight-forward on serve so far from both players in this fourth set.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 6-7(5) 2-1 Stepanek. A huge cheer goes up around the Centre Court as Stepanek wins a challenge! The Czech player really has not been too successful at that aspect of the match today. But he is left applauding Djokovic after a cracking backhand winner from the top seed that sees him seal the hold.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 6-7(5) 1-1 Stepanek. Stepanek puts a forehand right on the baseline to get Djokovic off guard but he can do nothing with his follow-up shot, sending the inside out forehand wide across court to allow the Serb to level up at deuce. Djokovic can not make him pay any more for the error though and Stepanek holds two points later to get his fourth set underway.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 6-7(5) 1-0 Stepanek. It's definately not a straight-forward service game from Djokovic to open the fourth set as he is forced to recover from 0-30 down before being allowed to hold, the highlight of the game for the Serb being a forehand winner that gets him back to 30-all.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 6-7(5) Stepanek. SET. Despite getting Stepanek moving, Djokovic nets what should be a routine forehand down the centre of the court and it's back on level terms. That quickly becomes set point to Stepanek when Djokovic slips on the baseline and sends his backhand, played with his back to the net, into the bottom of it. It's a tentative final rally from Djokovic as well, the Serb throwing in some looping shots before eventually lofting a forehand long. Stepanek has the third set and we're going to a fourth!
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 6-6 (5-4) Stepanek. TIE-BREAK. Another big serve further extends Djokovic's lead immediately after the change-of-ends, although Stepanek pegs him back a couple of points with a forehand winner and a big first serve that the Serb can only return into the net. Djokovic is potentially only two points away from victory, though, with two serves to come.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 6-6 (4-2) Stepanek. TIE-BREAK. Stepanek gets the early mini-break lead as Djokovic fails to find the court with a backhand. But Djokovic is quick to take it back with a deep return of serve that catches Stepanek unawares and draws the forehand long from the Czech. A netted forehand in the centre of the court from Stepanek then promptly hands Djokovic his third point in a row and the mini-break. Djokovic extends that lead just before the change-of-ends with a serve into the body of Stepanek, the Czech ony able to net his forehand return.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 6-6 Stepanek. Big serving again from Djokovic as he eases through a service hold to 15 to ensure that this set (and maybe the match?) does end on a tie-break.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 5-6 Stepanek. Having only found his first ace a few games ago, Stepanek now posts his third as he earns himself a second game point after Djokovic had levelled at deuce. The Czech player seals that game after Djokovic nets a forehand return and does his bit to ensure that, at worse, he will get the change to play a tie-break. Djokovic will serve to stay in the set for a second time.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 5-5 Stepanek. It's as easy as that, apparently, as Djokovic holds to love to stay in this third set. The Serb does need two attempts with the overhead, not doing enough with the first and allowing Stepanek to stay in the point but nonetheless it's a hold to love and the pressure now is back on his Czech opponent.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 4-5 Stepenak. A fantastic point from both players, which sees them both cover the whole court. Eventually though Stepanek misses out when he nets a backhand after tracking back to furthest corner of the court. He then also just misses a cross court backhand, he thought it had been called in and challenges when he realises it wasn't, but hawkeye shows the ball did just miss. Djokovic also levels at deuce as well but Stepanek sneaks back in front every time before producing a great serve down the centre of the court that Djokovic can only return long. The top seed will have to serve to stay in this third set after the change of ends.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 4-4 Stepanek. Djokovic takes a nasty looking tumble on the service line again as Stepanek runs out wide to a forehand. The fall draws gasps from the crowd but the top seed is back up on his feet fairly quickly and goes on to hold for the loss of just that one point.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 3-4 Stepanek. Stepanek quickly finds himself 0-30 down after a couple of great points from Djokovic and, although he pegs one point back with a forehand volley winner, that becomes double break point down after a netted forehand. Stepanek's very first ace of the match saves the first break point while a trip into the net saves the second. After a couple of wasted game point chances, Stepanek finally secures the hold with an easy smash winner having pushed Djokovic back behind the baseline.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 3-3 Stepanek. Almost from nowhere, Stepanek fashions himself a break point, racing up to the net to retrieve a drop shot with Djokovic putting his resulting cross court backhand long. The Serb gets fired up and lets out a roar of "come on" after saving the break point with a cross court forehand passing shot winner but a second double fault hands Stepanek a second chance. This time Stepanek squanders the chance, netting a backhand in the centre of the court. Djokovic fails to take advantage of his first couple of game points but eventually puts together back-to-back aces to seal the hold and stay level.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 2-3 Stepanek. Another trip into the net, the 39th from Stepanek, sees the Czech player match Djokovic's previous hold to 15 with one of his own. A forehand volley winner is what seals it for Stepanek to keep the pressure on in this third set.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 2-2 Stepanek. An 11th backhand winner opens the game for Djokovic before he goes on to hold for the loss of just the one point with a decent serve that Stepanek can only return just long off the forehand wing.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 1-2 Stepanek. Djokovic nets a routine forehand down the centre of the court on Stepanek's first game point. The Czech player, who has asked for more attention to his right knee during the change of ends, has the hold to 30 that sees him sneak out in front once again in this third set.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 1-1 Stepanek. The Serb gets Stepanek on the run, pushing him first to one side of the baseline and then the other, eventually getting the error as Stepanek puts his running backhand wide down the line. That's a hold to 30 for Djokovic.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 0-1 Stepanek. Djokovic has done all the hard work in the point only to completely overhit his forehand approach shot, sending the ball well long of the baseline, and help Stepanek to a game point. The Czech takes full advantage of the chance to hold, sealing the first game of the second set by over-stretching Djokovic and drawing a backhand error.
- Djokovic 6-4 6-3 Stepanek. SET. A forehand winner across court from Djokovic, off a great drop shot approach shot from Stepanek brings up two set points for the Serb and leaves the Czech player flat on his back after he dives down in an attempted forehand pick-up shot that ends in the net. But he only needs the one, working his way ino the net and producing a forehand volley winner to seal the second set. Stepanek will receive treatment to his right knee at the change of ends, after he opened up a wound just below the knee cap when he went to ground on the penultimate point.
- Djokovic 6-4 5-3 Stepanek. Yet another challenge on that same line from Stepanek, this time on his own serve that has been called out. That is six times in the match that the Czech player has challenged calls from that line judge ... and six times that he has been wrong! Stepanek's serve was out leaving him playing catch-up right from the start of the game and Djokovic goes on to earn himself a set point with a backhand winner down the line. The Serb can only net his return of serve though squandering the chance and Stepanek goes on to hold. Djokovic will serve for a two sets to love lead.
- Djokovic 6-4 5-2 Stepanek. Djokovic looks to be cruising towards a love service hold to consolidate the break only for errors to allow Stepanek back into the game, including a completely mis-hit forehand down the line that is lofted long by the Serb. But two more cross court forehand winners, on to the same line that Stepanek challenged the two aces in the very first game of the match, consolidate the break for Djokovic. The Czech will have to serve to stay in this second set after the change of ends.
- Djokovic 6-4 4-2 Stepanek. BREAK. A backhand return sliced deep back towards Stepanek followed by a backhand winner down the line earns Djokovic his first two break points in this second set. He only needs the one though as Stapanek nets a forehand to concede his serve. A calmly clenched fist is the only reaction from the top seed as he quickly prepares for his next service game.
- Djokovic 6-4 3-2 Stepanek. Djokovic posts a second consecutive love service hold to maintain his pressure on Stepanek, the Serb looking the more likely to break all the time. Djokovic is clearly playing within himself so far today, looking calm and in control thus far.
- Djokovic 6-4 2-2 Stepanek. Only a double fault ruins an otherwise very solid game from Stepanek, the Czech dropping just that one point before holding with a big serve out wide that Djokovic can only return wide across court.
- Djokovic 6-4 2-1 Stepanek. Another cruisey service game for the world number two. A booming first serve on the first point sees Stepanek's only touch of a ball, although he can't return it in court. From there, it's three consecutive aces to Djokovic and a love service hold.
- Djokovic 6-4 1-1 Stepanek. Stepanek's serve skids off the court, prompty a swing and a miss from Djokovic, who glares at his racquet in disgust afterwards. The Czech was already looking pretty comfortable in the game though and holds on the next point to stop the run of games against him.
- Djokovic 6-4 1-0 Stepanek. The backhand is really starting to fire for Djokovic now as he opens the second set where he left off the first - with a winner off that wing. Stepanek does apply a little pressure but a fourth ace from the Serb helps him on his way to a hold
- Djokovic 6-4 Stepanek. SET. The top seed looks more relaxed after coming through that tight service game and earns himself two set points with some free hitting. He cannot take advantage of the first, netting a backhand passing shot attempt which he was forced into playing from almost behind him. And Stepanek saves the second with another spectacular forehand pick-up that Djokovic returns wide on the run. Djokovic earns himself a third chance with a backhand passing shot winner down the line and this time he does break going back to exacly the same point as before, albeit it with his backhand return this time rather than waiting until later in the rally. That's the first break of serve and the first set to the top seed.
- Djokovic 5-4 Stepanek. The Czech is nothing if not entertaining as he flicks his wrist at a low backhand, picking up the ball off his shoelaces and sending it down the line for an approach shot winner. A wild backhand from Djokovic on the next point hands Stepanek two break points. The Serb saves the first with a great serve that Stepanek can only return long while the second also goes begging for the Czech player as a cross court forehand drifts wide. Djokovic goes on to hold after a netted forehand from Stepanek, who will have to serve to stay in this opening set after the change of ends.
- Djokovic 4-4 Stepanek. Djokovic takes the first point of the game with a pinpoint accurate lob, Stepanek only able to net his forehand response after doing brilliantly well to even get back to it. The Czech goes on to hold with some more stunning net play - a fully-stretched forehand reaction volley followed by a backhand drop shot that Djokovic can only just reach, not getting there in enough time to do anything more than tap the ball back into the bottom of the net on full slide.
- Djokovic 4-3 Stepanek. Stepanek has made nine approaches to the net so far and won all nine of them as a stretched backhand volley delights the crowd by just dropping over the net. Two quick errors from Djokovic, a netted backhand and a backhand long, make a previously comfortable service game more of a challenge at deuce. But the Serb recovers quickly, holding without any more trouble when Stepanek nets a backhand.
- Djokovic 3-3 Stepanek. A much tougher service game this time around for the Czech player as Djokovic pushes him to deuce before a solid first serve draws the return error from the Serb and allows Stepanek to hold and stay on level terms.
- Djokovic 3-2 Stepanek. Djokovic drops the opening point on serve before bouncing back with four big first serves and sealing the game with consecutive forehand winners that wrong-foot Stepanek.
- Djokovic 2-2 Stepanek. Stepanek eases through another service hold to level up for a second time, dropping just the one point as he keeps Djokovic honest early on.
- Djokovic 2-1 Stepanek. Djokovic drops his first point behind serve when he slips on the baseline, the Serb only just managing to stay upright. He drops his second when Stepanek takes a forehand return early and belts a forehand down the line for a winner. The Serb is furious when no "out" call comes on a Stepanek backhand deep into the court but he could have stopped the point. Instead he played on and the Czech levels at deuce with a backhand volley winner. That's all Stepanek gets from the game though as Djokovic quickly slams the door shut with a couple of big serves.
- Djokovic 1-1 Stepanek. The Czech player pulls up after turning his ankle on a net approach in the first point of the game. It looks like it was just a temporary spasm of pain though as he recovers to hold to love and get his second round off the mark.
- Djokovic 1-0 Stepanek. Djokovic opens with an ace out wide, Stepanek challenging the call only for hawkeye to show the ball caught the very outside of the line. Two points later and Stepanek is again challenging an ace on that same line. This time even more of the ball caught the outside of the line and Djokovic has an opening hold to love. Two aces and two unreturnable serves. Stepanek, meanwhile, only has one challenge remaining for the opening set.
- Here we go then, the two players are ready to go and it will be Novak Djokovic to get things underway by serving first ...
- But the former champion has an overwhelming lead in the head-to-heads between the two players - leading Stepanek by 10 wins to one. The Czech player's only victory came way back in 2006 (eight years ago!) in the Rotterdam quarter-finals. And, even worse, Stepanek has not managed to take a set from Djokovic in two whole years. The last time he did, though, was in the Wimbledon third round in 2012. That said, that is a slightly misleading statistic as Djokovic has only dropped two sets to Stepanek since their epic 7-6(4) 7-6(5) 5-7 7-5 7-6(2) second round clash at the US Open in 2007.
- Stepanek also looked in good form in the opening round, however, beating Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas in straight sets.
- Djokovic is currently world number two but seeded top on account of having reached the final last year. The Serb looked very comfortable in his opening round clash against Andrey Golubev, where he lost just five games.
- Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage from top seed Novak Djokovic's second round clash against unorthodox Czech Radek Stepanek.
|Date of Birth||22/05/1987|
|Date of Birth||27/11/1978|