Djokovic muscles in on women's quarter-final day

Djokovic muscles in on women's quarter-final day

Djokovic muscles in on women's quarter-final day

Djokovic, the second seed, made it past Mannarino in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

On Saturday, his former coach Boris Becker said he had witnessed enough in the first week of Wimbledon to confirm that the Serb has rediscovered his love for the sport."Boris knows me very well". It has something which has been dragging back and forth for a while but I am still managing to play.

"Grass is probably the most demanding and complex surface for maintenance", he said.

Officials told Djokovic and Mannarino that they were concerned about public safety of the fans - they estimated there were 30,000 still in the grounds - rushing to get an open seat at Centre Court.

Despite a slight rise in level from the Frenchman, Djokovic broke again to secure the first set and added an early break at the start of the second to assume complete control. In that match, Novak Djokovic won against Adrian Mannarino.

"It's not easy obviously playing on grass against a big server like that", said Djokovic of his childhood friend Gulbis who he has now defeated six times in seven meetings."I'm very pleased with the way I've felt, the way I've played".

There was another cry of joy from Djokovic when he thumped a backhand down the line to break for a 2-1 lead in set three, but he received brief treatment on his right arm at the next changeover and then took a medical timeout when he was 4-3 to the good.

That match lasted nearly five hours, with 28 games played in the fifth set.

A tiebreak beckoned and both players wanted it, with each of the first five points resulting in a mini-break. "But I've played on better courts". Pool was first pictured partying with Djokovic at a ball in Perth, Australia, in 2012, a month before he won his third Australian Open title.

The overnight delay could be costly for Djokovic, who will not get a day off before his quarterfinal match against No. 11 Tomas Berdych on Wednesday. Previously these two players met each other in one match at Wimbledon previous year.

Djokovic was also critical of the court conditions, which have increasingly become an issue after a week of hot, dry weather.

Mannarino has never before reached the quarterfinals at any of the four Grand Slam tournaments.

A statement from the All England Club declared a decision not to switch the match between Djokovic and Adrian Mannarino from third on Court 1 to Centre Court was taken on safety grounds.

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