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At Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic wins, U.S. men lose (big time)

June 27, 2013|By Chuck Schilken
  • Novak Djokovic pumps his fist after eliminating Bobby Reynolds, the last American man in the tournament, in the second round at Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic pumps his fist after eliminating Bobby Reynolds, the last… (Ben Stansall / AFP/Getty…)

Things haven't looked this bad for American men's tennis in more than a century.

When top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat U.S. qualifier Bobby Reynolds, 7-6 (2), 6-3, 6-1, on Thursday, he eliminated the last of the 11 American men at Wimbledon.

That makes this the first time no one from the United States has advanced past the second round in the men's bracket since 1912 -- and there weren't any American men in the tournament at all that year.

But none reached the third round in 1911 either.

For a while, Reynolds looked like someone playing for the honor of his country against the world's top-ranked player under the retractable roof on Centre Court at the All England Club.

But after putting up stiff resistance in the opening set, Reynolds faded in the tiebreaker and was dominated in the final two sets, during which Djokovic never faced a break point and broke his opponent four times.

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