Fourteenth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was tipped to cause an upset in the round of 16 Wimbledon clash against World no. 2 Novak Djokovic on the Centre Court, yet the top seed Serb looked as solid as ever and found an answer to everything the Frenchman threw his way. The match commenced with a few straightforward service games until Novak was handed a triple break point in the game six – he converted in third attempt and held the remaining serves in the opener with relative ease. The second set followed a similar script with Nole breaking in the seventh game and serving out the set by holding to love. Tsonga came up with the first pair of break points midway through the set three, but the chance went begging and a single match point was enough for Djokovic to seal the subsequent tie-break and register a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (5) triumph. While the Frenchman hit 19 aces, five more than the title holder from 2011, the latter dominated the rest of the stats to book his spot in the quarter-finals.
“[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.”
Marin Cilic, seed number twenty-six, achieved his biggest Wimbledon success by entering the last 8 thanks to a straight sets victory over Jeremy Chardy. He was in a superb serving form on Monday as he fired 33 aces past the unseeded Frenchman and rescued all four break points. Chardy lost the opener after squandering a set point in the breaker and was broken once in each of the remaining sets. The Croat – he was ranked 9th in 2010 – converted the third match point to wrap up a 7-6 (8), 6-4, 6-4 win. He found himself on the losing end of all nine professional encounters against his quarter-final opponent.