World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was really happy with his performance against Cristian Garin in the Wimbledon round-of-16. Djokovic, a 19-time Grand Slam champion, beat Garin 6-2 6-4 6-2 to progress into the Wimbledon quarterfinal.
“I am happy, particularly with the match today. After the third round [against Denis Kudla], it was kind of up and down for me," Djokovic said. "Today was a very solid performance from the first to last point.
I was mentally present. I was serving much better, using the court well. “Cristian played for his first time on Centre Court. You could see he was nervous, making a lot of unforced errors at the beginning of the match, which gave me an opportunity to win [the] first set comfortably”.
The win over Garin puts Djokovic at third place on the all-time list for most men’s singles quarter-final appearances at The Championships. “You always enjoy obviously hearing those stats,” Djokovic said.
“It's a privilege to break records in the sport that I truly love. I'm devoted to this sport as much as I think anybody out there on the tour. I just try to do my best. “Of course, [records] are a motivating factor.
I am aware that there are many records on the line. I'm not aware of all of them. They do inspire me to play my best tennis”.
Denis Shapovalov, Karen Khachanov join Djokovic
Shapovalov beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1 6-3 7-5 to progress into the Wimbledon quarterfinal.
“I played some really high-level tennis today,” Shapovalov said. “I got a little bit nervous in the third set, but that is totally normal, and I dealt with that really well. I played flawlessly and I am super happy with myself”.
“To beat a player like [Roberto] Bautista Agut in straight sets backs up my level from my match against Andy [Murray]. I am happy, I feel like I am improving every single match. I knew it was going to be a process on this surface, to really develop my game on it.
I have always loved playing on it [grass], it is just about getting comfortable”. Meanwhile, Khachanov edged out Sebastian Korda 3-6 6-4 6-3 5-7 10-8. “With the nerves, you have 13 breaks in the fifth set,” Khachanov said.
“When you are returning better, you start to read the serves better. Then in the rallies, both of us were more stressed. In the end, the one who dealt better won the match. It was more about this than who played better. “I think this year, I have had many close matches like this, and for me, I think it is one of my most important wins.
I am super happy. Once you are in the quarter-finals, expectations go up. I will try to prepare well [ahead of facing Denis Shapovalov] and hopefully it will be a good match”.