Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic Wins 2nd Round Match Against Radek Stepanek

Novak Djokovic took three hours and 17 minutes to defeat Radek Stepanek and will now face French world number 44 Gilles Simon for a place in Wimbledon's last 16.

updated: June 26, 2014 00:37 IST
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Easy Does It! Novak Djokovic during his match against Radek Stepanek.

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London: Top seed Novak Djokovic had to dig deep to reach the Wimbledon third round with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/5) victory over Czech veteran Radek Stepanek on Wednesday.

Djokovic had dropped just five games in a ruthless first round demolition of Andrey Golubev, but the 2011 Wimbledon champion was pushed far harder by the canny Stepanek on Centre Court.

The 27-year-old Serb, beaten by Andy Murray in last year's final, surrendered a set for the first time in the tournament after squandering a 5-2 lead in the third set tie-break.

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