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Jimmy Wang has second-round win

EMOTIONAL VICTORY:The Taiwanese player is set to face the winner of the Jo-Wilfried Tsonga versus Sam Querrey match after defeating Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny

Staff writer, with Agencies, LONDON

Jimmy Wang of Taiwan returns to Mikhail Youzhny of Russia during their match at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, on Wednesday.

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Taiwan’s Jimmy Wang advanced to the third round of the men’s singles at Wimbledon for the first time on Wednesday after beating Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny 7-6 (7/1), 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3.

World No. 147 Wang, 29, was so elated after overcoming the No. 17 seed in 3 hours, 3 minutes that he went to hug his coach, Dejan Petrovic, who was seated next to the spectators.

In an interview with the Central News Agency, Wang said the win was “particularly important” as he had been unable to take part in his favorite tournament from 2008 to 2011 due to injury.

He next faces the winner of a rain-suspended second-round match between France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the No. 14 seed, and Sam Querrey of the US.

However, there was bad news for Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun in the men’s doubles when he and partner Divij Sharan of India let a two-set lead slip to lose 2-6, 2-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-2 to Britain’s Jamie Delgado and Gilles Muller of Luxembourg.

On Court One, the champagne cork that popped in the first game of Andy Murray’s thrashing of Blaz Rola may have been premature, but the defending Wimbledon champion has already thrown down the gauntlet to his rivals.

Fans toasted the home favorite as he arrived on court for his second-round match and were then royally entertained as Murray rolled over Rola 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 for his 15th win in a row at the All England Lawn Tennis Club since his defeat by Roger Federer in the 2012 final — and the easiest.

When Murray lost to Stepanek at nearby Queen’s Club two weeks ago, it caused some furrowed brows among his followers, but Rola, playing only his fourth grass-court match, never looked capable of troubling the champion.

In total control, Murray pummeled away backhands, produced delicate lobs and those grass-hugging slices that have driven far better opponents than Rola to distraction.

Former US college student Rola, playing against a top 20 player for the first time, had the temerity to earn a break point in each of the first two sets. Both times Murray responded with a booming ace.

“When you are in a position to win a match like that, you have to try and do it as quickly as possible, because all of the players in this tournament are good players,” Murray, whose next opponent is to be Spanish 27th seed Roberto Bautista Agut, told reporters.

Lurking in Murray’s quarter is 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov, a Bulgarian who has also yet to drop a set after his confident 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Australian upstart Luke Saville put him in the Wimbledon third round for the first time.

Last year’s beaten finalist Novak Djokovic will be desperate to quell the latest outbreak of Murray mania should they meet in the semi-finals next week, but on Wednesday the Serbian top seed was simply happy to squeeze past Czech veteran Radek Stepanek.

Djokovic was in control against the wily 35-year-old for two sets, but his unorthodox opponent dipped into his bag of tricks to snatch the third in a tiebreak and came within a whisker of dragging the 2011 champion into a nervy decider.

No wonder Djokovic, who showed remarkable sportsmanship by conceding a crucial point in the fourth set, looked a relieved man as he walked off with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/5) victory.

“On the one hand it was fun to be part of, but on the other I should not have complicated my life,” Djokovic said.

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