(June 27, 2014) WIMBLEDON – No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic has moved into the fourth round of Wimbledon with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 Centre Court win over Frenchman Gilles Simon.
The match provided some drama in the sixth game of the third set, the Serb slipped and fell on the grass injuring his left shoulder. After he called a medical time out was called, he was examined and still appeared in pain afterwards. He continued to play on and won the match.
“It was obviously a scary fall,” Djokovic said in a news conference.
“It was obviously a scary fall. And, you know, I talked with Boris. We obviously need to work on my diving volleys, learning how to fall down on the court. I’m not very skillful in that.” He said with a smile.
I tried to land on my left arm. I basically had a strong impact on the shoulder. When I stood up, you know, I felt that click or pop, whatever you call it. I feared, you know, maybe it might be a dislocated shoulder or something like that, or joint problem.
But luckily for me it was only an impact that had a minor effect on the joint and the muscles around, but no damage, significant, that can cause a bigger problem.
I just came from the doctor’s office, ultrasound. It’s all looking good.
Djokovic will face off against 14th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga next.
No. 11 seed Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria won in five sets over Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov. He’ll play Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer in his debut in the fourth round at Wimbledon.
Djokovic hit seven aces with a total of 31 winners with 23 unforced errors. He was seven for 14 in break point conversions.