Novak Djokovic is through to his 39th Grand Slam quarterfinal after defeating Adrian Mannarino in straight sets at Wimbledon. The Serb, who has been struggling to find any sort of winning form in 2017, looked strong throughout their fourth round encounter. He broke Mannarino’s serve twice in the opening set, claiming it with ease: 6-2.
The second set looked to continue in the same way as Djokovic broke early on. But the 29-year-old Frenchman, ranked 51 in the world, put up a fight and got the break back. The set would be decided in a tiebreak, where both players gifted each other the one minibreak after the other. However, Djokovic proved why he is a twelve time Grand Slam champion and sealed the set on his second set point: 7-6(5).
From there on, Djokovic didn’t have to play his best tennis to keep Mannarino away from making inroads in his service games. Although the Serb’s shoulder seemed to trouble him every now and then, he got the crucial break and clinched the victory on his third match point: 6-2, 7-6(5), 6-4.
“It was a long day, tough day for us yesterday. We waited an entire day, but it is what it is. I’m glad that it’s all done and I’m looking forward to the next match”, Djokovic said in the post match interview about having seen his match being pushed forward to today after that Gilles Muller’s sensational win over Rafael Nadal took nearly five hours to finish.
Djokovic will next Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals. The pair has played 27 (!) matches against each other, with Djokovic winning 25 of those. One of Berdych’s win came in the semifinals at Wimbledon back in 2010, but there’s no question regarding who the favourite is this time around.
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