Novak Djokovic has set up a fourth round clash with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after a 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Gilles Simon.
The scoreboard may paint an easy picture for Novak but it was far from that as he was made to work hard for his victory, with Simon breaking his serve on three occasions. The game was going with serve and no break points up to the sixth game. The score at 3-2 to the Serbian.
Djokovic was handed his first break to make it 4-2 when Simon played a back hand in to the net after three deuce points. A game later the Frenchman had a chance to hit back, making it 30-40 with a cross court forehand. He broke back with a powerful return of serve that the number 1 seed could only play in to the net.
The world number 36 dropped serve to concede the set 6-4 as he smashed a wild backhand wide as he aimed down the line. The start of the second set and the 2011 Champion saved two break points as he fought back from 15-40 down to save the game with an unforced error by Simon.
Nole, as he is commonly referred to by fans, took an early break in the second, to make it 3-1, as his 29-year-old opponent fired his forehand.
Simon proved why he was once ranked 6th in the world. Once again he broke straight back, this time to love, after a sloppy service game from Djokovic. During the change of ends, Djokovic attempted to compose himself and re-group by putting a towel over his head.
It seemed to work as he broke straight back, pushing Simon around the court, he dominated the point, coming to the baseline and dropping a ball short out of his opponent reach, to make it 4-2. Last year's beaten finalist held serve to love to make it 5-2. Simon went on to serve his second double fault of the game, to concede his serve, and the set 6-2.
Seemingly in control, Djokovic let his concentration slip as dropped service again, advancing to the net at 30-40, he could only hit a forehand in to the net. Once again a break of serve was decided with an unforced error, trying to attack Djokovic, Simon slammed a forehand in to the net, to make it 2-2.
In the sixth game of set three, the 27-year-old Serbian fell trying to return a backhand from Simon. Djokovic landed awkwardly on his left shoulder and the trainer was called on for medical treatment.
Djokovic put to bed any concerns over his shoulder, serving out his next two games forcing Simon to serve to stay in the game.
The Frenchman was unable to do so as the six-time Grand Slam winner finished it off with an over-head smash.
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