Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic advances past American qualifier Denis Kudla in tough third set

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The fifth day at Wimbledon is a busy one for the men's draw, where Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray headline the matches. On the women's side, only four top-10 seeds remained at the start of Friday. 

Check back for more from Wimbledon throughout the day. 

Denis Shapovalov flies past Andy Murray

Canadian star Denis Shapovalov made easy work of Andy Murray on Friday.

Shapovalov cruised to a quick win in straight sets (6-4, 6-2, 6-2) to get out of the third round in just more than two hours.

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Murray got out to a quick start on Friday and took the opening game at Shapovalov, though, quickly turned it on and grabbed the next five games to take a commanding 5-1 lead. Though Murray won the next three games, Shapovalov was finally able to close out the set to take the early lead.

Shapovalov then did the same thing in the next two sets, jumping out to a 5-1 lead with ease before he closed them both out to claim the win and reach the fourth round.

Shapovalov then jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the final set before closing it out to claim the win and reach the fourth round.

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Shapovalov, 22, will now advance to take on Spain’s Roberto Bbautista Agut, who beat Germany’s Dominik Koepfer in his third round match earlier on Friday.

Novak Djokovic advances in wild third-set tiebreaker

Novak Djokovic is into the fourth round with a straight sets victory against American Denis Kudla, though he had to come back in the third set. Djokovic advanced 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7). 

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The No. 1 ranked world player got up two sets early, but Kudla broke early in the third and went up, 2-0. Djokovic had to fight back from there, but did successfully, and shared a moment with the American qualifier before they went their separate ways. 

Djokovic hit eight aces and landed 54% of his first serves in. Kudla had 35 unforced errors. 

Djokovic was asked during the on-court interview from where he continues to get his hunger. It was a questioned posed by friends he had in the stands who knew him when he was 4. 

"I've spent a lot of time in the mountains with wolves, so this is wolf energy right here," Djokovic said.

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Djokovic is seeking his sixth Wimbledon title. He's won seven of the last 11 men's Grand Slam singles titles, including the Australian and French Opens in 2021, and is one short of tying the all-time men's record of 20 total Grand Slam singles titles. 

Sloane Stephens out in third round

Sloane Stephens' run at Wimbledon is over in the third round following a tough 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 loss to Liudmila Samsonova on Friday. 

Samsonova, 22, came into Wimbledon as a wildcard after winning in Berlin last month. She'll face No. 8 seed Karolina Pliskova in the fourth round. 

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Stephens, the former U.S. Open champion, fell behind and lost the first set in the start to a two-hour match. But she fought back to win by the same score and push a deciding final set. 

Samsonova broke in the opening game and held tight on service for 5-3 to go on and win. 

Samsonova hit 31 winners to Stephens' eight and had four aces. In eight appearance at Wimbledon, Stephens has made it out of the third round only once, reaching the quarterfinals in 2013. 

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