2017 Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic advances past Adrian Mannarino to reach quarterfinals

By The Sports Xchange  |  July 11, 2017 at 9:25 PM
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Novak Djokovic didn't let a shoulder injury or a hole in the court stop him from advancing at Wimbledon.

Djokovic bested Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4, Tuesday in a Round of 16 match postponed from Monday under a closed roof at the All England Club to move onto the quarterfinals.

The second-seeded Serbian and world No. 4 received treatment for an apparent right shoulder injury during the third set. He also notified umpire Carlos Bernardes about a hole in the baseline after the match.

"The courts honestly are not that great this year and many players feel the same, but it is what it is," Djokovic said in an on-court interview after his victory.

On the injury, the three-time Wimbledon champion admitted he has been battling a shoulder ailment for quite some time.

"It's been something I've been dragging back and forth for a while now but I'm still managing to play which is the most important thing," Djokovic said.

Djokovic broke twice against Mannarino in a lengthy opening set of a match that lasted two hours, 16 minutes. He led 4-1 in the second set before Mannarino battled back but ultimately fell short.

"I haven't dropped a set yet at a grass-courts event," Djokovic said. "I'm very motivated to get as far as I can at this tournament."

Mannarino, ranked No. 51 in the world, has never reached the quarterfinals on a grand slam event.

Djokovic will face 11th-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Berdych, a Wimbledon finalist in 2010, is 2-25 lifetime in singles matches versus Djokovic.

The match was postponed Monday due to what officials called "security reasons" after Gilles Muller went nearly five hours to upset Rafaell Nadal. Officials declined to move the match to another court and Djokovic expressed his displeasure after defeating Mannarino.

"I just think it was a wrong decision not to play us last night, because we could have played," Djokovic said. "I think the last match on the centre court was done before 7 p.m. Having in mind that centre court has the roof and lights, we could have played till 11.

"We went to the referee's office before 8. There was security reasons. That was the only excuse, that basically there were explanations that we were getting. I just didn't see any logic in not playing us on the centre court. I obviously was not happy not to play last night. I thought we could have played. Referee's office was completely indecisive."

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