Wimbledon wild-card entry faces top-seeded Novak Djokovic next

AP photo by Alastair Grant / Tim van Rijthoven celebrates after winning the first set against Nikoloz Basilashvili in a third-round match Friday at Wimbledon.

WIMBLEDON, England - It is, to be sure, the stuff of movies: An oft-injured player ranked outside the top 100 in the world in men's tennis, making his Grand Slam debut thanks to a wild card, knocks out two seeded players on his way to a fourth-round matchup at Wimbledon against none other than No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic, the three-time reigning champion.

We can guess what Hollywood might do with that script. Tim van Rijthoven, a 25-year-old from the Netherlands, earned the chance to see what will happen in real life across the net from Djokovic after both men won in straight sets Friday at the All England Club.

"Before the tournament started, it was a dream for me to play him, basically.