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Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev reach fourth round at Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic progressed to the fourth round at Wimbledon on Saturday after coming back from a set down to beat Australian Alexei Popyrin.

The seven-time champion, who has struggled to totally win over the crowd on Centre Court, mimed playing a violin as he celebrated a 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 (3) victory.

Djokovic is still wearing a protective knee support following surgery on a torn meniscus last month.

He said: "Each match is getting better, my confidence in my movement, reaching, sliding...

"I definitely felt better today than in my last match. Hopefully the trajectory continues in a positive way throughout the tournament."

Djokovic will face Danish 15th seed Holger Rune, who came from two sets down to beat French qualifier Quentin Halys, in the fourth round.

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev ended British hopes in the men's draw with a straight-sets win over Cameron Norrie.

The German came through a marathon third-set tie-break, squandering five match points before taking a sixth to win it 17-15.

Zverev will undergo a scan after jarring his knee during the second set, but he does not feel the injury is too bad.

"I will see what the MRI says," he said. "But I personally don't think that it can be anything too serious because I still played. Of course, I was limited, I feel like, in some of the movements.

"If you're breaking a ligament or breaking something else, the meniscus or something like that, I don't think you can continue playing even the way I did, so we'll see what it is. Hopefully I'll be fine in two days' time."

Zverev will face American Taylor Fritz, a late-night winner over Alejandro Tabilo in straight sets.

Fifth seed Daniil Medvedev finished off Jan-Lennard Struff in four sets in a match carried over from Friday and then further delayed by more rain and Wang Xinyu's win over Harriet Dart.

"We were very unlucky with the girls also playing in front of us," he said.

"It was, like, 6-1, 3-1. We both go warm up. Then it was like the longest set ever. Then the third set was 3-1. We start to re-warm up, 3-3. So it was rollercoaster match. Then we come in, rain."

Medvedev will meet Grigor Dimitrov, while world number one Jannik Sinner's next opponent will be American 14th seed Ben Shelton.

The 21-year-old has been an ever-present on the order of play this week due to rain delays and finished his third five-set match against Canada's Denis Shapovalov on Court One.

Shelton won 6-7 (4) 6-2 6-4 4-6 6-2 and has now spent a remarkable 10 hours and 22 minutes on court over his three matches.

Contrast that with Australian ninth seed Alex De Minaur, who got a walkover into round four after opponent Lucas Pouille withdrew through injury.

Carlos Alcaraz's fourth-round opponent will be Ugo Humbert after the Frenchman won his delayed match against American Brandon Nakashima in four sets.
 

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