Wimbledon: Djokovic to maintain cruise control against Gulbis

Djokovic has had a relatively stress-free time to arrive at this stage of the tournament, which began with first round opponent Martin Klizan retiring during the match.

This sent the Serb into the last 64 where he cruised to a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Adam Pavlasek, winning 70 per cent of his first serve points and 51 per cent of return points.

Now he must take on Ernests Gulbis who, at one point, was a top ten player after making the semi-final of the French Open in 2014.

The pair are no strangers, having come up against each other seven times before, with all but one of the victories going to the Djokovic.


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Gulbis has recovered well from a wrist injury and is playing well, having wiped the floor with first-round opponent Victor Estrella Burgos, dropping just four sets and winning 86 per cent of his first serve points.

The next round brought an encounter with Juan Martin del Potro that saw Gulbis rack up 25 aces across another straight sets win.

Djokovic’s season has not been the most consistent, so a potential upset on Saturday courtesy of Gulbis is not entirely off the cards.

It is safe to say that this match could be more challenging than what Djokovic has endured so far but I believe that the Serb is sure to prevail.

I’m backing Djokovic to win at 1.06

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