Wimbledon, June 29: Top-seeded Novak Djokovic dropped a set against No. 28 Radek Stepanek before coming back to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 to reach round four on a windy Friday, when women's No. 1 Maria Sharapova also booked a place in the last 16 by beating Hsieh Su-wie at the Wimbledon.
Djokovic is trying to become the first man since Roger Federer in 2007 to win consecutive titles at the All England Club. A day after the two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal stunningly lost to 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol in the second round under the roof at Centre Court, Djokovic fell behind against another Czech player with the stadium covered.
But after getting broken at love to end the first set, Djokovic recovered quickly. He broke Stepanek in the first game of each of the last three sets. Djokovic now faces 34th-ranked Viktor Troicki in an all-Serbian match. Troicki beat No. 15 Juan Monaco 7-5, 7-5, 6-3.