• British No 1 takes first set but loses 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
• Djokovic sets up fourth-round meeting with Karen Khachanov
Put away the flags, turn down the music, take off that silly hat, don’t forget to put out the cat. Kyle Edmund, surfing the wave of national euphoria that had drifted over from the Volga and enveloped the nation just as he walked on to Centre Court with Novak Djokovic, tried hard to keep the party going but had to settle for the consolation of taking a set off one of the finest players of his era in a match that began brightly and ended in literal and metaphorical gloom.
When the 23-year-old Yorkshireman bullied the three-times Wimbledon champion all over the court in the first set, the crowd went wild – or what passes for wild at the All England club. For too long thereafter, his racket seemed like an unknown implement to him, and Djokovic, who won 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in just under three hours, next plays the Russian power-server Karen Khachanov, who earlier took five sets to get rid of the bustling American Frances Tiafoe.
Written by Kevin Mitchell at Wimbledon
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/07/novak-djokovic-kyle-edmund-wimbledon-report under the title “Novak Djokovic fights back to end Kyle Edmund’s Wimbledon hopes”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.