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Queen’s | Djokovic slips and slides into the Quarters

Queen’s | Djokovic slips and slides into the Quarters

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic showed more signs of returning to his previous domitaing form when he brushed aside fifth-ranked Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the major pre-Wimbledon warm up event at Queen’s Club, the Fever Tree Championships.

Djokovic, the 12-time Grand Slam champion who was out for six months with an elbow injury has made strides back to his pre-injury days over recent week, always gad the edge over his Bulgarian opponent despite slipping and sliding on the still verdant grass court.

This was a great test, playing against one of the top players in the world, a player that I guess prefers this surface the most Novak Djokovic

Djokovic took full advantage of a below par serving performance from Dimitrov, capitalising in the 10th game when the second seed went behind 0-40 and while he saved two set points, the 2014 champion double faulted on the third.

From that moment the match the unseeded Novak Djokovic playing on a wild card ticket, took full control, securing two more service breaks en route to the easy victory sixty-six minutes of play.

“I’m still kind of finding my form,” the 31-year-old Djokovic, who is seeking his first Queen’s Club title, said. “This was a great test, playing against one of the top players in the world, a player that I guess prefers this surface the most.”

The Serbian, currently ranked 22, faces Adrian Mannarino for a place in the last four, The Frenchman having defeated hs compatriot Julien Benneteau 7-6(4) 6-4.

Meanwhile British hopes were extinguished by Nick Kyrgios who followed hup his first-round win over Andy Murray, by eliminating the current British No.1 Kyle Edmund 7-6(3) 6-7(5) 6-3.

He smashed 32 aces past the Briton in a match lasting two hours and 11-minutes in what proved a hard-hitting contest in which the Australian, ranked 21, produced his full array of shots, including a tweener lob as he approached the net, to win a point.

Edmund lost his focus briefly in the decider and as a result lost what was a close encounter between the two, in a contest which was marred by the profanity which Kyrgios used on more than one occasion, for which he made on apology when questioned by reporters during the compulsory post-match interview.






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Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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