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Wimbledon: Djokovic overcomes Wawrinka as Alcaraz, Swiatek advance, Murray crashes

NOVAK Djokovic continued his winning streak at Wimbledon late last night with a straight sets win over Stan Wawrinka, while Carlos Alcaraz also progressed but Andy Murray was bundled out.

Serbia’s Djokovic, who is chasing a record-extending 24th Grand Slam title, booked his place in round four, beating Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 just before Wimbledon’s 11pm curfew.

World number one Alcaraz of Spain, whose schedule has been affected by the rain in London, eased into the third round with a 6-4, 7-6, 6-3 victory against Frenchman Alexandre Muller.

Women’s top seed Iga Swiatek continued her progress with a third successive straight sets win, beating Croatia’s Petra Martic 6-2, 7-5.

Second seed Aryna Sabalenka suffered a scare though before fighting back to beat Varvara Gracheva of France 2-6, 7-5, 6-2.

However, British legend Murray was unable to finish off fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The 36-year-old Scot had led two sets to one after Thursday’s late night action and there was optimism that he could finish the job last night.

Tsitsipas silenced the partisan Centre Court crowd though to win 7-6, 6-7, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 on the 10th anniversary of Murray’s first Wimbledon triumph.

A busy day in the women’s draw ended with an upset under the Court One roof as fifth seed Caroline Garcia was beaten by 32nd seed Marie Bouzkova 7-6, 4-6, 7-5.

Tunisian Ons Jabeur eased past Chinese qualifier Bai Zhuoxuan with a 6-1, 6-1 win in 45 minutes while twice former champion Petra Kvitova cruised into the third round after the ninth seed defeated Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2, 6-2.

Last year’s men’s quarter-finalist Jannik Sinner of Italy, seeded eighth, avoided an upset by beating Frenchman Quentin Halys 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, while Russian third seed Daniil Medvedev stopped Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-3, 7-6.

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