Sakkari out of Wimbledon while Isner sets all-time aces record

Isner's fifth ace of the match was No. 13,729 of his career, eclipsing the mark previously held by Croatia's Ivo Karlovic

John Isner of the U.S. in action during his third round match against Italy's Jannik Sinner on Friday, July 1, 2022, at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London.
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Tenth-seeded Jannik Sinner of Italy eliminated John Isner, although the 6-foot-10 American set the record for most aces in ATP Tour history during the match. His fifth ace of the match was No. 13,729 of his career, eclipsing the mark previously held by Croatia's Ivo Karlovic.

Isner, 37, recorded 24 aces in Friday's 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-3 setback to raise his career total to 13,748.

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain, the fifth seed, defeated Oscar Otte of Germany, and ninth seed Cameron Norrie of Great Britain knocked out American Steve Johnson.

Sinner and Alcaraz will meet in the fourth round in what will be a highly anticipated match.

No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic advanced to the fourth round of Wimbledon by taking down fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in a 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 clinic on Friday.


Djokovic, a six-time champion at the All England Club in London, needed just one hour, 52 minutes for the win. He won 88 percent of the points on his first serve and broke the serve of Kecmanovic six times.

The victory was the 24th in a row on grass for Djokovic, who is the three-time defending Wimbledon champion.

That next challenge is Tim van Rijthoven, the Dutch wild card who beat No. 22 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. This is the main draw debut for van Rijthoven.

"Before the tournament started, it was a dream for me to play him basically," van Rijthoven said of the upcoming Sunday match against Djokovic. "So to be able to have that chance and to maybe even play on Centre Court or Court 1 is beautiful and magical.

"I go into every match thinking I can win the match. Also against Djokovic I'll go into that match thinking I can win that match."

Also moving on Friday were Americans Frances Tiafoe and Tommy Paul, along with David Goffin of Belgium.

Germany's Tatjana Maria eliminated No. 5 seed Maria Sakkari of Greece 6-3, 7-5 in a third-round upset Friday on the women's side of the draw.

Maria, ranked No. 103 in the world, saved six of seven break points and finished the 90-minute match with just 12 unforced errors -- 17 fewer than Sakkari.


A 34-year-old mother of two, just a year removed from maternity leave, Maria reached the Round of 16 at a major for the first time in her career.

"The first time in the last 16, so that's already amazing," Maria said in her post-match press conference. "To win against Sakkari today, it's pretty awesome. I think I played a good match from the beginning to the end."

Maria's opponent in the fourth round will be No. 12 seed Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, the 2017 French Open champ and 2018 Wimbledon semifinalist.

Ostapenko rallied for a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory Friday against Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu. Ostapenko converted six of her 10 break chances and finished with 28 winners and 27 unforced errors, compared to 15 winners and 19 errors by Begu.

No. 24 Elise Mertens of Belgium advanced with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over 2018 Wimbledon champion and No. 15 Angelique Kerber of Germany. Kerber finished with nearly twice as many unforced errors as Mertens, 26 to 14.

Other winners Friday included Great Britain's Heather Watson, Germany's Jule Niemeier and the Czech Republic's Marie Bouzkova, who cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 win over 28th-seeded American Alison Riske.

Greece's Maria Sakkari in action during her third round match against Germany's Tatjana Maria on Friday, July 1, 2022, at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London.
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