Following another entertaining victory at SW19, top seed Novak Djokovic is through to the quarter-final round of the Wimbledon Championships, where he will now face resurgent Croat Marin Cilic. The two have met on nine previous occasions on the professional circuit, with the Djokovic vs Cilic head-to-head record standing at 9-0.
In arguably the most entertaining contest of the day, Novak Djokovic comfortably dispatched France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to secure his spot in the quarter-final round of the championships. The match lasted less than two hours and ended 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(5). The third set was easily the most entertaining one, as the crowd quickly got behind Tsonga when he began to show life in his rallies and belief in his shots.
“[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,”
Next for Djokovic is his tenth meeting with Croatia’s Marin Cilic, who reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final in over two years on Monday afternoon when he defeated Jeremy Chardy 7-6(8), 6-4, 6-4.
“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.”
Djokovic holds a dominant 9-0 lead in the head-to-head series and will be looking to remain undefeated en route to the semi-final round of the tournament. Cilic has only ever taken three sets off Djokovic in their nine meetings on the tour, yet the Croat has been in relatively strong form since the start of the season and has even managed to push their most recent meeting to three sets, and can trouble the Serb long enough to snatch a set once again in London.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic in Three Sets