*As Murray Makes His Earliest Wimbledon Exit
By Ernest Omoarelojie, with agency reports
World number one and French Open champion, Novak Djokovic, marked his 75th Wimbledon match win on Friday. But the feat came after surviving a nerve-wracking third set scare to dump Dennis Kudla 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (9/7), and march into the fourth round of a grand slam for the 55th time.
Djokovic, the tourney’s defending champion, is chasing to grab a record-equaling 20th major, glided through the first two sets before walking into a seeming block on the third as his 114th-ranked American qualifier made him fight back from 1-4 down and another 1/4 in the tie breaker.
“It’s the trademark of every pro athlete that you never give up,” said Djokovic who is halfway to becoming only the third man in history — and first since Rod Laver in 1969 — to complete the calendar Slam.
I am always trying to give my maximum out there especially when playing one of the biggest tournaments,” he said after the match.
Djokovic is up against Christian Garin, the Chilean 17th seed who walked Spain’s Pedro Martinez out of the tournament with 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Meanwhile, Andy Murray arguably had his worst run in the tournament with his earliest Wimbledon since his debut appearance at 18 in 2005. He was shown the exit doors by world number 12, Denis Shapovalov.
Murray, a two-time Wimbledon champion, 2013 and 2016, but now ranked 118, got stung 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 by the 22 year-old Canadian apparently to keep more frustrating days with his long struggle against hip and groin worries.
“I told Andy at the net that he is my hero,” said Shapovalov after the match.
Murray is taking part in the singles tournament for the first time since 2017, his eighth match on the main tour in 2021.