Djokovic, Cilic Power Into Wimbledon QFs
Wimbledon, Great Britain
by ATP Staff|
Top seed Novak Djokovic continued to find the right formula against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, beating the Frenchman for the 11th match in a row on Monday to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals. The Serb needed just one hour and 51 minutes minutes to advance 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(5).
Djokovic has not lost to Tsonga since the 2010 Australian Open quarter-finals and improved to a 13-5 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against the Frenchman.
The 27 year old served at 71 per cent - including 14 aces - and broke his opponent twice during their encounter under the closed roof of Centre Court. What looked to be a straight-sets win turned dicey for Djokovic as his French opponent elevated his level in the third set, even forcing two break-point opportunities in the eighth game. Djokovic saved the first with an ace, and the second disappeared when a Tsonga lob sailed long. Both players continued to hold until the tie-break, which Djokovic clinched to reach his 21st consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final.
"[Tsonga's] a top player," said Djokovic, "and he loves the big stage. So to be able to win against him in straight sets on the surface that I feel suits him the most is a great result. I was very happy with [my] consistency today, mental consistency, and variety in my game. I played very well from back of the court.
"All in all, it was a very good match, and hopefully I can continue keeping the same level," Djokovic added.
For a place in the Wimbledon last four, Djokovic will challenge Marin Cilic, whom he has not lost to in nine previous meetings. Indeed, Cilic has only taken three sets off Djokovic.
The 27-year-old Djokovic is looking to win the Wimbledon title for the second time, having lifted the trophy in 2011 (d. Nadal). The Belgrade native has won six Grand Slam championships, most recently triumphing at the 2013 Australian Open (d. Murray).
The Croat Cilic stormed into the quarter-finals at The Championships as he defeated Jeremy Chardy 7-6(8), 6-4, 6-4 on Monday.
"Having [Ivanisevic] obviously over here beside me is definitely another plus, a big plus to have him in my box," said Cilic. "He's been many times in the second week of Wimbledon, so of course I'm leaving up to him all the small details to give me some advices. It's working very well."
Cilic advanced to his first Grand Slam quarter-final since the 2012 US Open (l. to Djokovic) and goes on to face top seed Novak Djokovic. The 25-year-old Cilic will attempt to reach his first major semi-final since the 2010 Australian Open (l. to Murray).
The 26th-seeded Cilic fired 33 aces and saved all four break points he faced as he dismissed Chardy in two hours and nine minutes. The Croatian has lost just two sets in reaching the last eight, having found his form at the All England Club after suffering defeat at the hands of Marinko Matosevic in his first grass-court match of the season at The Queen’s Club two weeks before Wimbledon.
"Overall, I would say I was serving really well and putting more pressure on him with that," said Cilic. "He didn't have too much freedom to make any mistakes on his serve. I think that made a huge difference in the end."