Four-time defending champion Novak Djokovic takes on Hubert Hurkacz in the fourth round of The Championships Wimbledon 2023 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) in London on Sunday.
The clash is scheduled to be the last match on the Centre Court on the seventh day of this year’s edition.
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Second seed Djokovic comes into the fourth round after three straight-sets victories. While he beat Argentina Pedro Cachin 6-3, 6-3, 7-6(4) in the opening round fairly comfortably, he was made to push himself a bit harder in his 6-3, 7-6(4), 7-5 win over Australia’s Jordan Thompson in the round of 64. However, he probably had his best match against Stan Wawrinka in the third round which he won 6-3, 61, 7-6(5).
The Serbian is chasing his 24th Major title to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record. He is also looking to win his fifth straight Wimbledon championship and eighth overall to tie Roger Federer’s all-time men’s record at the grass court Slam.
The 36-year-old Djokovic is unbeaten at The Championships in the last 31 matches and has not lost a match on Centre Court since his defeat against Andy Murray in the 2013 final.
Like Djokovic, his fourth-round opponent Hubert Hurkacz too has recorder three straight-sets wins. Hurkacz, the 17th-seeded Pole, began his campaign with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 triumph against Albert Ramos-Vinolas before defeating local wildcard Jan Choinski 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(3). In the third round, he beat 14th-seeded Italian Lorenzo Musetti 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-4.
Hurkacz famously defeated Federer 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-0 on his way to the Wimbledon semifinals in 2021, his best performance at a Slam.
Played: 5 | Djokovic: 5 | Hurkacz: 0
Djokovic has won all five matches he has played against Hurkacz. They first faced each other in the opening round of the 2019 French Open followed by another Slam meeting three weeks later at Wimbledon where Hurkacz managed to take a set off the Serbian.
Hurkacz has played 37 tiebreaks this season and that experience could come in handy against Djokovic provided he manages to hold his serve.
|2023||ATP500 DUBAI||QUARTERFINAL||DJOKOVIC||6-3, 7-5|
|2022||MADRID MASTERS||QUARTERFINAL||DJOKOVIC||6-3, 6-4|
|2021||PARIS MASTERS||SEMIFINAL||DJOKOVIC||3-6, 6-0, 7-6(5)|
|2019||WIMBLEDON||THIRD ROUND||DJOKOVIC||7-5, 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-4|
|2019||FRENCH OPEN||FIRST ROUND||DJOKOVIC||6-4, 6-2, 6-2|
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