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I've played on better courts - Djokovic disgruntled with quality of Wimbledon surface

Germany's Mischa Zverev slips over as he plays Switzerland's Roger Federer during their Men's Singles Match on day six at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Saturday Wimbledon defend controversial Novak Djokovic decision after Rafael Nadal ousted in five-set epic
Garry Little | 12 July, 2017, 00:23

Novak Djokovic belatedly advanced to the 2017 Wimbledon quarter-finals on Tuesday after a 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4 win over Adrian Mannarino saw the Serb clinch his spot in the last eight after their fourth-round duel was postponed. "It is something which I have been dragging back and forth for a while but I am still managing to play", he added.

"I've been feeling better on the court in the last couple of months."But especially on the grass court this season so far, every match that I've played, I felt very comfortable".

While Roger Federer's match on Centre Court had finished before 7pm, Djokovic was inexplicably left waiting around for his slot on Court 1, when the contest could have easily been completed on Monday night.

Twelve months ago he defeated the Frenchman in the second round."I'm delighted with the performance".

He broke in the third game of the third set, but then came a sight to worry the Djokovic fans as he called on the trainer to look at an injury in his right arm. The opening match on Centre Court was due to start at noon, so the roof was closed for the first time this year.

"He [the umpire] just asked me to show him and I did and he was not very pleased to see that". But is true most of the time in the fifth he played more aggressive and he played better than me.

Looking ahead to the match, Djokovic who lost to him in the 2010 semi-finals, said: "Obviously he's been around many years".

The schedule has also been brought forward to 12pm so as not to delay the two scheduled quarter-finals, although there are concerns about inclement weather and its effect on the two quarter-finals scheduled on No. 1 Court. They won first three rounds in this series. That's what happen. Even like this, I think I played with the right determination, right passion, right attitude to win the match.

Andre Agassi and Mario Ancic - both part of the three-time Wimbledon winner's coaching setup - routinely conversed with a sense of approval throughout as Djokovic maintained his record of not dropping a set en route to the business end of the competition. But gradually, after a period of uncertainty that had lasted half an hour, Djokovic reasserted himself and won out 7-5.

Novak Djokovic reached his ninth Wimbledon quarter-final.

He'll face the Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych in the last eight, and the competition's No. 11 seed should pose the most hard task of Djokovic's campaign at SW19 thus far.


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