Novak Djokovic advances to fourth round at Wimbledon; John Isner sets career ace mark

defending champion Novak Djokovic went into the fourth round at Wimbledon on Friday with a 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 win Miomir Kecmanovic on Center Court while John Isner became the king of aces on the ATP Tour.

Djokovic, the six-time Wimbledon champion, has won the last three men’s singles titles at the All England Club in London – a streak of 24 straight wins that began after a quarter-final defeat in 2017.

Next up is the top seeded Serbian player Tim van Rijthoven the Netherlands.

Isner, the 6-foot-10 American, hit the No. 13,729 ace in his third-round match on Friday, breaking the ATP Tour record Ivo Karlovic from Croatia. Isner set against the record in the third game Jannik sinner on dish #2.

The ATP said that was the highest since the tour began in 1991.

Isner hit 24 aces to take his tally to 13,748 but lost 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-3 to 10th-seeded Sinner.

fellow american jack sock, Thomas Paul and Frances Tiafoe, meanwhile all advanced Friday. Sock became the eighth American to reach the third round at Wimbledon with a 6-4 6-4 3-6 7-6(1) win over his compatriot Maxim Cressywhile Tiafoe advanced to the fourth round for the first time at Wimbledon with a 3-6 7-6(1) 7-6(3) 6-4 win Alexander Bulik. Paul defeated Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

The eight American men make up a quarter of the 32 players in the third round, the most for the United States in grass-court Grand Slams since 1995. It’s also the most in any major since the 1996 US Open.

Tiafoe touted the American contingent as “damn good” when it came to success.

“We play great tennis,” said Tiafoe. “I think we always feed each other. We all believe, all believe that we can do even better than what we are currently doing. One does well, the next wants to move up.”

Sock, 29, is a three-time Grand Slam champion in doubles, two of those titles come at Wimbledon. Next he meets another qualifier Jason Kuebler from Australia.

Tiafoe, seeded 23rd, will face next David Gofinwho defeats Ugo Humbert 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, 7-5 to advance to the Quarterfinals. 24-year-old Tiafoe’s best performance at a Grand Slam tournament was reaching the quarterfinals at the 2019 Australian Open.

#5 Carlo Alcaraz also advanced with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 win over No. 32 Oscar Otte and will meet Sinner next.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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