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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic returns to Poland’s Hubert Hurakacz in a Men’s singles match during day five of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 5, 2019.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic returns to Poland’s Hubert Hurakacz in a Men’s singles match during day five of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 5, 2019.|Kirsty Wigglesworth | Associated Press
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Wimbledon update: Novak Djokovic drops set to Hubert Hurkacz but wins match and moves on 

Associated Press

Defending champion Novak Djokovic dropped his first set of the tournament but had few problems after that, advancing to the fourth round at Wimbledon with a 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4 win over Hubert Hurkacz.

Hurkacz had never even reached the third round of a Grand Slam tournament before but matched Djokovic shot by shot in a tense second set which featured some mesmerizing rallies and spectacular winners from both players.

But the unseeded Polish player couldn't keep it up, and Djokovic won the third set in only 25 minutes. He then broke for a 2-1 lead in the fourth and sealed the victory with a service winner on his first match point.

Djokovic is looking for his fifth Wimbledon title.

Fernando Verdasco also advanced, beating Thomas Fabbiano 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-4.