Kyle Edmund eliminated by Djokovic in Third Round


Kyle Edmund has responded to claims he cheated during his third-round defeat to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon.

Britain’s number one took the first set 6-4 on Centre Court but was ultimately outplayed by three-time champion Djokovic.

In the third set, Edmund was awarded a point despite replays showing the ball bounced twice.

Hawkeye later showed Edmund’s shot also drifted wide, meaning two horrendous mistakes were made by the officials.

Asked about the incident, Djokovic said: ‘I was 100 per cent convinced but everyone can make mistakes, it was a very important point.

‘I told the chair umpire that it’s not possible for him to play that shot if it doesn’t bounce twice. It doesn’t make any sense.

‘But I had to stay mentally tough because the next game was crucial.’

A number of fans have slammed Edmund for not conceding the point by telling the umpire that the ball bounced twice.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic remonstrates with the umpire as he plays against Britain’s Kyle Edmund during their men’s singles third round match on the sixth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 7, 2018. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / /Getty Images)

Djokovic immediately complained to the umpire but the decision stood – Edmund has since been called a ‘cheater’ by some fans.

Asked about the incident in his post-match press conference, Edmund said: ‘I was scrambling. I mean, it sounds like you’re still unsure if it bounced twice.

‘You need television to see it. If in real life it’s hard to tell, then it’s hard to tell for me when I’m scrambling.

‘Generally, if you need television to look at stuff when you’re in the moment trying to make that split decision… I don’t really know what to say.

Djokovic, speaking about his win over the British number one, added: ‘It was tough, Edmund has been playing really well.

‘He won our last encounter and he’s improved a lot.

‘He was a set up which wasn’t ideal for me but I managed to come back.’

On the rest of his campaign in Wimbledon, Djokovic said: ‘I’m looking forward to the second week. I’m very grateful to be here and I’m looking forward to competing some more.’


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