As predicted, Novak Djokovic rolls
History, as we discovered across Wimbledon's first week, doesn't always predict the future. But on this occasion it did, as Djokovic handled the No. 28 seed, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
He's now a powerful 17-for-17. And, not insignificantly, he's the only former Wimbledon champion still in the men's field.
With Monday's round of 16 set, the 26-year-old Serb is still on track to meet No. 2 Andy Murray in the final. After that, the draw gets a little sketchy.
"It's never easy, of course," Djokovic said. "Chardy is a quality player; he won Wimbledon juniors. Everything went my way, really. I did everything I wanted today."
On Monday, he'll face 35-year-old Tommy Haas.
"He's playing maybe his best tennis ever," Djokovic said. "We played a tough three-set match at the French Open in the quarters. He loves playing on grass. "I don't see any clear favorite, really."
A 15-year firstLovable Laura Robson is only 19 years old, but the transplanted Australian -- she moved to England when she was 6 and began playing tennis a year later -- is swiftly moving toward beloved status in Great Britain.
She's the highest-ranked teenager in the top 100 at No. 38, but she somehow managed to knock out the No. 10 seed, Maria Kirilenko, in the first round. She prevailed in a three-setter over Mariana Duque-Marino in the second, but Saturday she appeared to be finished.
Marina Erakovic of New Zealand won the first set 6-1 and was serving for the match -- sending hordes of British television viewers behind their couches (to borrow an arresting image from a Times of London columnist) -- when Robson finally asserted herself.
She won 1-6, 7-5, 6-3. It's the first time a British woman has been into the second week here since 1998, when Sam Smith did it. That same year, Tim Henman did it, too, so, with Andy Murray also through to the fourth round, the folks at the All England Club are feeling it.
"I think anyone would be tightening up serving for the match in that situation," Robson said. "[I] knew that she hadn't made the fourth round of a Slam. So, yeah, I kind of just tried to put the pressure on her serve, and she made a couple of double faults, which helped me.
"Yeah, I knew that that was my chance to get in her head a little bit, and that's what I did."
Does that sound like a sweet teenager?
The only question is one of semantics. "Well, it's now my second time in the second week of a Slam, so that's pretty cool," Robson said. "Except at US Open I played on the Sunday, so it didn't quite feel like a second week, and my brother said it didn't count."
Relaxed Kvitova advances
The incessant rain over here makes for some dramatic second-day conclusions. The 2011 Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova, won the first set against Ekaterina Makarova on Friday, but then lost the second set and, all told, eight of 11 games. Darkness saved her, and they came back Saturday to finish.
Kvitova rallied from a break down to win the last set 6-3 and advance to her fourth consecutive fourth round, where she'll play Carla Suarez Navarro. This year, she said, it's been far easier than last.
"I feel more relaxed this year, for sure," Kvitova said. "Last year was quite narrow for me to play on the Centre Court as the defending champion. This year, I'm just thinking about my game, not the time as a defending champion here. It's a little bit like less pressure on me."
Two years ago, as an 18-year-old, Bernard Tomic blew into the quarterfinals here. Now, he's one win from matching that sterling performance. The Australian upset No. 9 seed Richard Gasquet 7-6 (7), 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (5). Next up, No. 7 seed Berdych, who defeated No. 27 Kevin Anderson 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5. … No. 23 seed Sabine Lisicki defeated No. 14 seed Samantha Stosur 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. In her past three appearances here, Lisicki has reached two quarterfinals and a semifinal. … No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro handled Grega Zemlja 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-0. … No. 6 Li Na lost the first set to Klara Zakopalova but rallied to win 4-6, 6-0, 8-6. … Thirty-five-year-old Haas defeated Feliciano Lopez, a three-time quarterfinalist here, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, 6-4. … The No. 1-seeded Bryan brothers defeated David Marrero and Andreas Seppi 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.