Sport Djokovic happy to play Wimbledon spoiler

22:31  10 july  2018
22:31  10 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Djokovic beats darkness to reach quarter-finals

  Djokovic beats darkness to reach quarter-finals Novak Djokovic was kept waiting in the wings till after 7pm local time before he could start swinging his racket against Russia's Karen Khachanov at Wimbledon on Monday. © REUTERS/Andrew Boyers Wimbledon But there was no stopping the Serb once he made it on to Court One as he romped to a 6-4 6-2 6-2 win to reach the quarter-finals for a 10th time.With Kevin Anderson taking almost 3-1/2 hours to tame French showman Gael Monfils in the previous match, Djokovic knew he had about two hours of daylight left if he wanted to avoid coming back on Tuesday's rest day to finish off the contest.

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London: Novak Djokovic insists he would happily miss a first appearance for Serbia in the World Cup final if it means he is back in the Wimbledon title match. Djokovic is an avid fan of the Serbian national team, who kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in Russia on Sunday.

  Djokovic happy to play Wimbledon spoiler © OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Novak Djokovic has rediscovered his mojo to be ready to play the party pooper role as the Wimbledon men's championship heads towards an enthralling climax.

While tennis purists salivate at the prospect of another dream final showdown between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the two living legends' greatest rival is threatening to tear up the script.

The only player with a superior head-to-head record over both grand slam giants, Djokovic has warned he's finally approaching his own brilliant best after an utterly unexpected two-year major title drought.

Even Djokovic admits his dramatic fall from grace after arriving at The All England Club in 2016 as the first man since Rod Laver in 1968 to hold all four slams simultaneously, only to rapidly relinquish them, had been mystifying.

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  Rod Laver's stunning take on 'superhuman' stars Tennis legend full of praise for modern-day greats on the 50th anniversary of his first Wimbledon victory as a professional.Djokovic’s fourth Wimbledon title lifts him to 13 career Grand Slam titles, moving ahead of Roy Emerson and leaving him behind only Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras.

WIMBLEDON , England — Novak Djokovic is never one to hide his feelings or to take the so-called politically correct opinion if it goes against what he believes. “I obviously was not happy not to play last night,” Djokovic said.

Djokovic is happy that the pressure at Wimbledon will be on others, such as Andy Murray. ‘Also it’s expected because he plays so well on grass. He won couple of Wimbledon trophies and played a couple of finals and won the Olympic Games.

"It was quite a strange feeling for me not to be able to deliver my game that I know I possess, that I know I've been delivering for so many years," Djokovic said ahead of Wednesday's quarter-finals.

"It was frustrating. But I had to trust the process. I'm still part of that process. But things are looking much better in the last month and a half."

Finally free off a painful and persistent elbow injury and blissfully content again in his private life, the Serbian plays another comeback star in Kei Nishikori for a drought-breaking semi-final berth.

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The Japanese 24th seed is contesting his maiden Wimbledon quarter-final after finally overcoming his own wretched run with injury and backing up his third-round win over Nick Kyrgios with a fighting four-set victory over Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis.

"He's a big-match player," Djokovic said of the former US Open runner-up.

"He doesn't get affected too much by the big occasions. In contrary, he actually delivers his best.

"So that's what I expect him to do. Whenever he's fit, he can really beat anybody on any tournament.

"He has proven that in the past."

Chasing his third title on the hallowed lawns, the top-ranked Nadal faces Juan Martin del Potro in his first Wimbledon quarter-final in seven years.

The fifth-seeded Argentine completed a formidable quarter-finals line-up with an epic 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 7-6 (7-5) triumph over Gilles Simon on Tuesday.

Del Potro needed five match points to prevail in a match suspended on Monday night under fading light and stretched four hours and 24 minutes in duration.

Nadal-Djokovic match suspended at Wimbledon after 3rd set

  Nadal-Djokovic match suspended at Wimbledon after 3rd set It was the kind of tennis that Wimbledon's Centre Court crowd would gladly have watched all night long. The show being put on by Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal was so good it could have been an instant classic had they been able to finish their semifinal before the tournament's 11 p.m. curfew.Instead, the two players — and a disappointed audience — were sent home after the third set on Friday with Djokovic leading 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9) following a tense tiebreaker that had more entertaining rallies than some entire matches.The two players didn't even get onto the court until after 8 p.m.

"When I lost the fourth, of course it was disappointing because I was so close to winning," Djokovic said. "I'm just very happy to be through." "I was so close to being in the finals here at Wimbledon and I think I played really good tennis but he played better because he won the match.

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Like Nadal, who could strike Djokovic in the semis, Federer hasn't dropped during his charge to a 16th Wimbledon quarter-final, almost surely a staggering record that will never be surpassed.

The Swiss maestro plays eighth Kevin Anderson, with the South Africa's 2017 Flushing Meadows finalist who is into his first quarter-final on his 10th visit to London's SW19.

Should Federer continue his relentless march towards a 21st grand slam crown, and ninth at Wimbledon, he is destined to meet a serving monster in the last four.

American ninth seed John Isner, another player making a career-best run on the grass, and Canadian 13th seed Milos Raonic - the runner-up two years ago - clash in a quarter-final featuring the tournament's top two ace leaders.

WIMBLEDON MEN'S QUARTER-FINALS ON WEDNESDAY (PREFIX DENOTES SEEDING):

1-Roger Federer (SUI) v 8-Kevin Anderson (RSA)

13-Milos Raonic (CAN) v 9-John Isner (USA)

12-Novak Djokovic (SRB) v 24-Kei Nishikori (JPN)

5-Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) or Gilles Simon (FRA) v 2-Rafael Nadal (ESP)

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<p>Nick Kyrgios has received stunning praise from American tennis legend John McEnroe following his opening round victory at Wimbledon.</p>The 16th seed bested Uzbekistanian Denis Istomin in four sets 7-6 (3) 7-6 (4) 6-7 (5) 6-3 on Wednesday morning (AEST) in what was a classic Kyrgios performance that mixed unparalleled skill with unnecessary on-court antics.

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