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Sport Djokovic happy to play Wimbledon spoiler

22:31  10 july  2018
22:31  10 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Djokovic races past Sandgren in Wimbledon opener

  Djokovic races past Sandgren in Wimbledon opener Novak Djokovic did his best to finish off his first-round match at Wimbledon in time for Court One fans to head off to watch England's World Cup clash with Colombia on Tuesday. The Serbian just failed but a 6-3 6-1 6-2 defeat of American Tennys Sandgren was an impressive way to kick off his challenge for a fourth title at the All England Club.Djokovic, 31, is seeded 12th here -- his lowest Wimbledon seeding -- but after a problematic 12 months since pulling out of last year's tournament with an elbow injury there are signs that the former world number one is coming back to form.

Novak Djokovic has emerged from a two-year funk to shape as a huge threat to hopes of a Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal Wimbledon final.

Novak Djokovic has rediscovered his mojo to be ready to play the party pooper role as the Wimbledon men's championship heads towards an enthralling climax. While tennis purists salivate at the prospect of another dream final showdown

  Djokovic happy to play Wimbledon spoiler © OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Novak Djokovic has rediscovered his mojo to be ready to play the party pooper role as the Wimbledon men's championship heads towards an enthralling climax.

While tennis purists salivate at the prospect of another dream final showdown between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the two living legends' greatest rival is threatening to tear up the script.

The only player with a superior head-to-head record over both grand slam giants, Djokovic has warned he's finally approaching his own brilliant best after an utterly unexpected two-year major title drought.

Even Djokovic admits his dramatic fall from grace after arriving at The All England Club in 2016 as the first man since Rod Laver in 1968 to hold all four slams simultaneously, only to rapidly relinquish them, had been mystifying.

Wimbledon 2018: Nick Kyrgios is the most talented player since Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray says John McEnroe

  Wimbledon 2018: Nick Kyrgios is the most talented player since Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray says John McEnroe Nick Kyrgios has received stunning praise from American tennis legend John McEnroe following his opening round victory at Wimbledon.The 16th seed bested Uzbekistanian Denis Istomin in four sets 7-6 (3) 7-6 (4) 6-7 (5) 6-3 on Wednesday morning (AEST) in what was a classic Kyrgios performance that mixed unparalleled skill with unnecessary on-court antics.

Novak Djokovic has rediscovered his mojo to be ready to play the party pooper role as the Wimbledon men's championship heads towards an enthralling climax.

© OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Photographs Novak Djokovic has rediscovered his mojo to be able to play the social gathering pooper position because the Wimbledon males’s championship heads in the direction of an enthralling climax.

"It was quite a strange feeling for me not to be able to deliver my game that I know I possess, that I know I've been delivering for so many years," Djokovic said ahead of Wednesday's quarter-finals.

"It was frustrating. But I had to trust the process. I'm still part of that process. But things are looking much better in the last month and a half."

Finally free off a painful and persistent elbow injury and blissfully content again in his private life, the Serbian plays another comeback star in Kei Nishikori for a drought-breaking semi-final berth.

Djokovic beats darkness to reach quarter-finals

  Djokovic beats darkness to reach quarter-finals Novak Djokovic was kept waiting in the wings till after 7pm local time before he could start swinging his racket against Russia's Karen Khachanov at Wimbledon on Monday. © REUTERS/Andrew Boyers Wimbledon But there was no stopping the Serb once he made it on to Court One as he romped to a 6-4 6-2 6-2 win to reach the quarter-finals for a 10th time.With Kevin Anderson taking almost 3-1/2 hours to tame French showman Gael Monfils in the previous match, Djokovic knew he had about two hours of daylight left if he wanted to avoid coming back on Tuesday's rest day to finish off the contest.

They managed to play three gripping sets under the Wimbledon roof, but a 23:00 curfew imposed by the local council meant the match had to resume on Saturday. Nadal, who had not gone as far at Wimbledon since losing the 2011 final to Djokovic

Djokovic is happy that the pressure at Wimbledon will be on others, such as Andy Murray. ‘Also it’s expected because he plays so well on grass. He won couple of Wimbledon trophies and played a couple of finals and won the Olympic Games.

The Japanese 24th seed is contesting his maiden Wimbledon quarter-final after finally overcoming his own wretched run with injury and backing up his third-round win over Nick Kyrgios with a fighting four-set victory over Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis.

"He's a big-match player," Djokovic said of the former US Open runner-up.

"He doesn't get affected too much by the big occasions. In contrary, he actually delivers his best.

"So that's what I expect him to do. Whenever he's fit, he can really beat anybody on any tournament.

"He has proven that in the past."

Chasing his third title on the hallowed lawns, the top-ranked Nadal faces Juan Martin del Potro in his first Wimbledon quarter-final in seven years.

The fifth-seeded Argentine completed a formidable quarter-finals line-up with an epic 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 7-6 (7-5) triumph over Gilles Simon on Tuesday.

Del Potro needed five match points to prevail in a match suspended on Monday night under fading light and stretched four hours and 24 minutes in duration.

Djokovic back in the Wimbledon semis for eighth time

  Djokovic back in the Wimbledon semis for eighth time Three times champion Novak Djokovic won through to the Wimbledon semi-finals for the eighth time on Wednesday, and his first since 2015, with a 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 defeat of Japan's Kei Nishikori.The 12th-seeded Serb was warned by umpire Carlos Ramos for bouncing his racquet off the baseline early in the second set, with words exchanged at the change of ends as his frustration began to show.

It was the third time Djokovic faced a British player at Wimbledon , losing to Andy Murray in the 2013 final and beating James Ward in 2016. But this was the first time he got a reaction like this from the crowd. "The crowd was very fair when I played against Andy.

WIMBLEDON , England — Novak Djokovic is never one to hide his feelings or to take the so-called politically correct opinion if it goes against what he believes. “I obviously was not happy not to play last night,” Djokovic said.

Like Nadal, who could strike Djokovic in the semis, Federer hasn't dropped during his charge to a 16th Wimbledon quarter-final, almost surely a staggering record that will never be surpassed.

The Swiss maestro plays eighth Kevin Anderson, with the South Africa's 2017 Flushing Meadows finalist who is into his first quarter-final on his 10th visit to London's SW19.

Should Federer continue his relentless march towards a 21st grand slam crown, and ninth at Wimbledon, he is destined to meet a serving monster in the last four.

American ninth seed John Isner, another player making a career-best run on the grass, and Canadian 13th seed Milos Raonic - the runner-up two years ago - clash in a quarter-final featuring the tournament's top two ace leaders.

WIMBLEDON MEN'S QUARTER-FINALS ON WEDNESDAY (PREFIX DENOTES SEEDING):

1-Roger Federer (SUI) v 8-Kevin Anderson (RSA)

13-Milos Raonic (CAN) v 9-John Isner (USA)

12-Novak Djokovic (SRB) v 24-Kei Nishikori (JPN)

5-Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) or Gilles Simon (FRA) v 2-Rafael Nadal (ESP)

Serena returns to top 30 in world rankings .
Serena Williams returned to the world's top 30 in the WTA rankings released on Monday after finishing as Wimbledon runner-up. The 36-year-old American climbed 153 places to 28th despite losing Saturday's final at the All England Club to German Angelique Kerber, Williams's fourth tournament since giving birth to her daughter 10 months ago.Kerber, who won her third Grand Slam title, moved up six places to world number four, with French Open winner Simona Halep of Romania retaining the top ranking despite her third-round exit at Wimbledon.

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