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Djokovic vs Humbert Wimbledon live streaming, preview and tips - Djokovic sets sights on 11th Wimbledon quarter-final

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 8 Jul 2019
  • Novak Djokovic vs Ugo Humbert is live from Wimbledon around 4.00pm local time/BST on Monday
  • It's the first career meeting between the pair
Novak Djokovic (PA Images)

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic continues his Wimbledon title defence on Manic Monday when he squares off against rising French star Ugo Humbert for a spot in the quarter-finals.

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Novak Djokovic looks to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the 11th time when he takes on young gun Ugo Humbert on Manic Monday.

Djokovic cruised through his first two matches at the All England Club as he eliminated dangerous grass-courters Denis Kudla and Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets, but he was forced into a bit of a dogfight in the third round against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland, dropping the second set before steadying the ship and prevailing in four. The Serbian had his chances to complete another straight sets win, but Hurkacz stepped up in the second set and made a contest out of the match - however, it was ultimately just a stay of execution as Djokovic bounced back strongly to race through the third before closing out the match by a 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-4 scoreline.

“Credit to Hurkacz for playing well. He pushed me. He served well. He attacked the ball mid-court. He gave it all and played a great quality match,” Djokovic said. “I should have capitalised on my opportunities also in the second set. I wasn't really on top of his second serve. I was a bit hesitant in the play, which wasn't the case in the first two matches.
“But I think third set was great. Fourth set, as well, very solid. I'm really pleased with the way I finished the match.”

Aiming for his fifth Wimbledon title this week, Djokovic has seen his biggest rivals in the top half of the draw fall by the wayside across the first three rounds. Indeed, the highest seed Djokovic can face before the final is No. 15 Milos Raonic, with the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Kevin Anderson and Karen Khachanov all failing to make the second week. Either David Goffin or Fernando Verdasco will be waiting in the quarter-finals, while a potential semi-final opponent will be one of Raonic, Guido Pella, Benoit Paire or Roberto Bautista Agut. With only those names standing between Djokovic and another Wimbledon final, the World No. 1 has got to be liking his chances.

Even the off-court distractions surrounding the ATP’s ongoing and messy players council and board member situation isn’t striking down Djokovic in any negative fashion on the court - although he was exposed in a press conference after his second round when he blatantly admitted he didn’t read a victim impact statement from the man who was violently beaten by Justin Gimelstob, who was the former ATP players representative who resigned a couple of months ago and whom the Serbian continues to defend.

Nevertheless, Djokovic is in a fantastic position to reach another Wimbledon final and make it there without using too much energy - can he register another smooth victory on Manic Monday?

Ugo Humbert (PA Images)
Ugo Humbert is the man who stands in his way in the fourth round. The 21-year-old isn’t really talked about as one of the leading members of the Next Gen, but he’s put together a remarkable (if not low-key) rise over the last 12 months and has now advanced to the second week of a slam for the first time after beating Gael Monfils, Marcel Granollers and fellow youngster Felix Auger-Aliassime last week. Humbert is just the fifth man in the last 10 years to make the Wimbledon fourth round on his main draw debut, with the Frenchman cruising past the much more fancied Auger-Aliassime in straight sets.

"I'm very happy about this match. Felix is a great player and a good friend, so I was really happy to share the court with him," Humbert said. "For sure, it will be the next generation and the future."

I first watched Humbert at a Challenger event at the start of last season and thought he had the game to make a quick rise up the rankings, and he’s certainly done that over the last 12 months. Indeed, this time last year Humbert was ranked No. 290 in the world and was playing a small ITF event in France, but he’s climbed to No. 66 in the world and will rise around 19 spots to No. 47 even if he loses to Djokovic on Monday. Humbert made his first big moves during the American summer last year, making three straight Challenger finals in the lead-up to the U.S. Open, where he qualified for a Grand Slam for the first time and made the second round, giving a good account of himself against Stan Wawrinka. Humbert has left the Challenger circuit behind in 2019, although he did win his fourth title in Cherbourg at the start of the year, making his first ATP semi-final in Marseille as a wildcard, earning his biggest career win over No. 13 Borna Coric along the way.

Humbert is equipped with an all-round game and his swinging left-handed serve is working wonders on grass. He’s a great talent and I suspect we’ll be seeing him push for the top 20 over the next 12 months, but right now, the Frenchman probably isn’t ready for a scalp of this magnitude. It’s by far the biggest match of his career and Djokovic is looking as solid as ever. The Serbian knows how to win these matches and grind down inexperienced opponents, making the court look small. Expect Djokovic to cruise into the quarter-finals in straights.

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