Djokovic eases into next round

LONDON - Novak Djokovic cruised effortlessly into the Wimbledon fourth round on Saturday as the first week's shockwaves left just eight of the top 20 seeds still standing.

World No 1 Djokovic, the 2011 champion, destroyed French 28th seed Jeremy Chardy, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in just 86 minutes.

He fired 38 winners, eight aces and committed just three unforced errors.

"I felt very confident to step onto the court and everything went my way," said Djokovic after his 50th career grasscourt win.

"I haven't lost many points on my service games. I did everything I wanted to do. I enjoy it very much when everything works well. It's a fantastic feeling."

Djokovic, yet to drop his serve, will tackle veteran Tommy Haas for a place in the quarterfinals, just weeks after he beat the German in the French Open quarterfinals.

But 13th-seeded Haas beat the Serb star in Miami this season and also got the better of him in the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2009.

Only four of the top 10 men's seeds and four of the top 10 in the women's draw have made it to the second week after the Grand Slam heavyweights of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka had all exited by Wednesday.

The men's fourth round will feature five men making their maiden appearance at the fourth round stage.

France's Kenny De Schepper, the 26-year-old world number 80, beat Argentine 22nd seed Juan Monaco, 6-4, 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 to book a last-16 spot at a major for the first time.

Poland's Lukasz Kubot, ranked 130, also made the fourth round in 2011, and is the second Pole to reach the last-16 after 24th seed Jerzy Janowicz also booked his place on Friday.

Kubot beat 25th seed Benoit Paire 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 and next faces French world number 111 Adrian Mannarino who has made the last-16 at a major for the first time in 14 attempts.

Left-hander De Schepper will face experienced Fernando Verdasco after the Spanish former top 10 player, now at 54 in the world, cruised past temperamental Latvian Ernests Gulbis, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.

Russian 20th seed Mikhail Youzhny, a quarterfinalist in 2012, defeated Serbia's Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 and goes on to face British second seed Andy Murray.

Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer, a quarterfinalist last year, managed to escape the caranage.

But he needed five sets to beat Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/2), 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Ferrer will face Croatia's Ivan Dodig, the world 49, for a place in the quarterfinals.

Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych, the runner-up in 2010, claimed his ninth win in nine meetings with South Africa's Kevin Anderson, coming through 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5.

Berdych takes on unseeded Australian Bernard Tomic, a quarterfinalist in 2011, who put out French ninth seed, Richard Gasquet, 7-6 (9/7), 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7/5).

Dodig reached his first fourth round at Wimbledon when Dutchman Igor Sijsling quit trailing 6-0, 6-1, 1-0.

Sijsling's withdrawal equalled the injury pullouts record of 13 from 2008.

Italian 23rd seed Andreas Seppi beat Japan's Kei Nishikori, 3-6, 6-2, 6-7 (4/7), 6-1, 6-4, also for a maiden last-16 place.

Seppi will face Argentine eighth seed Juan Martin Del Potro who defeated Slovenia's Grega Zemlja 7-5, 7-6 (7/3), 6-0. - Agencies

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