Djokovic, Murray take center stage at Wimbledon


LONDON: Top seed Novak Djokovic and defending champion Andy Murray get a crucial opportunity to strike decisive Wimbledon blows after Saturday’s rain washed away plans to play all fourth round matches on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).

With three men’s third round matches in the bottom half of the draw still to be completed, only the last-16 top half— where Djokovic and Murray are placed— can be completed Monday.

That will leave rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to play their last-16 matches Tuesday followed by possible quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Djokovic, the 2011 champion and runner-up to Murray 12 months ago, takes on flamboyant Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a semi-finalist in 2011 and 2012.

Djokovic has a 12-5 winning record over Tsonga, including the 2011 last-four at Wimbledon as well as the quarterfinals of the 2012 Olympics which were also played at the All England Club.

Tsonga’s last win over the Serb was four years ago in Australia.

Murray has reached the last 16 for the seventh year in succession and has dropped just 19 games in three rounds, comfortably a personal best in his tournament history.



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