Djokovic advances past Mannarino to Wimbledon quarterfinals

Djokovic advances past Mannarino to Wimbledon quarterfinals

Djokovic advances past Mannarino to Wimbledon quarterfinals

The courts are not that great this year, many players feel the same. Novak Djokovic is third.

Roger Federer and his opponent slipped during their third-round match.

But Djokovic saved his sharpest criticism for tournament officials at the All England Club, believing they blundered by failing to move the match to Centre on Monday night, and claiming their communication with the players was inadequate.

"The first two matches I didn't see any significant difference". I was happy about that."The first man to reach the quarterfinals was Marin Cilic". "I was probably a little more fired up today, especially in the fourth and fifth sets".

The question then was how many times at Wimbledon has the three time champion lost a match from two sets up against a player outside the top 50 and who has never been to a Grand Slam quarterfinal. I always like to give it a shot and step on the court. Just for good measure, there was also criticism of the standard of the Centre Court surface, which didn't seem to agree with his usual sliding style of retrieving the ball. He has also won all four finals he has played in for just the fourth time in his career.

Venus Williams, the only former champion among the women, will take on Ana Konjuh of Croatia (who's only 19 years old) while Roger Federer will play Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. "The last thing we want to see is awful injuries", added the Swiss. He already owned the most grass court titles, the most grass-court match-wins, and shared with Pete Sampras a record seven Wimbledon titles.

Riske, who won the match, said afterward that the dirt "is like ice".

Konta is the first British women to reach the Wimbledon semifinals since Virginia Wade was the runner-up in 1978.

"Regardless who's in or not, I think (Federer) has been playing the best tennis this year", Raonic said. But Wimbledon, like the other three Slams, is not a WTA event, hence no coaching is allowed.

"The fact is that, you know, the court is not in a great condition".

Troubled by shoulder soreness ahead of tonight's clash with Tomas Berdych, Djokovic was still too formidable for Mannarino with 36 winners to 23 and 24 unforced errors to the Frenchman's 26. Finally when the match was over, we thought, Okay, we have two and a half hours, we can go to Centre Court. "Is that a reason why we're keeping it?" That was the only excuse, that basically there were explanations that we were getting.

Still, Djokovic was sure that something wasn't quite the same as in the past. I kept doing everything with my physiotherapist. "But Djokovic is feeling any inconsistencies from the bottom of his shoes, so he'd know better". You can see that there's not much doubt in his mind. In saying that he wasn't going to do himself any major damage by playing at Wimbledon, it doesn't sound as if surgery is necessary, and though he will discuss everything with his team Thursday to plan the long-term steps, Murray brushed the issue off as "wear and tear" and indicated that, moving forward, he would be able to get through it.

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