Novak Djokovic beats Radek Stepanek – Wimbledon

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Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

LONDON (AP) – Novak Djokovic held his breath. Radek Stepanek knelt on the Wimbledon turf and folded his hands in mock prayer.

After more than three hours of fierce tennis, with both players diving and tumbling all over Centre Court, it all came down to a video replay on match point in the fourth set.

At 6-5 in the tiebreaker, top-seeded Djokovic hooked a sharply-angled forehand passing shot that was ruled wide. He challenged the call.

With both players and 15,000 fans watching anxiously, the replay was shown on the big screen and the verdict came in: The ball had landed on the line.

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