On a day where rain halted action all around him, top-seeded Novak Djokovic took care of business yet again at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships on Centre Court with the roof closed against No. 14 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Djokovic defeated Tsonga in straight sets by a final margin of 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(5), advancing to the quarterfinals for the sixth consecutive season at the All England Club. Wimbledon provides a look at the dominant match for Djokovic:
Coming into the match, there were slight concerns about Djokovic's health following a tumble in his previous contest. Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times passes along video of the potential shoulder injury:
VIDEO: Novak Djokovic falls on Centre Court, hurting his left shoulder. http://t.co/gF0c1Lt2r0— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) June 27, 2014
Djokovic didn't appear to miss a step during the first two sets, though, hitting a strong serve and using all of his usual tricks against Tsonga in the win. The Serbian used his strength from the start with nine aces in the first two sets, but Tsonga would take over the service game in the third.
The first two sets made it appear the match would wind up being a rout in Djokovic's favor. After getting an easy win in the first set Djokovic cruised to win the second, making quick work of Tsonga, as Wimbledon notes:
The French player rallied with 13 aces in the third set but was unable to overcome Djokovic as he fell to the former champion. Coming into the match, Djokovic knew just how strong Tsonga can be on a grass surface, per Karim Zidan of SteveGTennis.com:
I know what threat he can cause on this surface. I expect him to serve well. I think that’s his advantage. Obviously the serve in any corner. Coming to the net, he’s a very aggressive player. If he’s on, if he feels good on the certain day, he can beat anybody really.
Though he ultimately fell in the third set, Tsonga would test Djokovic before dropping the match. Djokovic was seen grasping his left shoulder with a grimace, but would quickly recover to finish off the straight-sets victory.
In the difficult final set for Djokovic, he let out a huge yell after the final shot to move on—only to find out the ball had been ruled out before a challenge. Wimbledon provides a look at the match point for Djokovic and his celebration:
Rothenberg also passes along his analysis of the beautiful shot to win the fourth-round match:
Novak Djokovic finishes with an instant classic backhand return winner to beat Tsonga in straights. He gets Marin Cilic in QFs. #Wimbledon— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) June 30, 2014
Following another spectacular match from Djokovic, the top seed heads into the quarterfinals with a matchup against No. 26 Marin Cilic. The two players have met nine times during their careers, with Djokovic taking each match, six of which came in straight sets.
The No. 1 seed played Cilic at the French Open, winning by a final of 6-3, 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-4 in the third round. None of their nine matches has come on a grass court, but the 2011 Wimbledon champion will likely have the upper hand on the surface.
If the Djoker can take down Cilic, he would face the winner between defending champion Andy Murray and emerging star Grigor Dimitrov. Either would be a difficult match for Djokovic in the semifinals, but after a strong showing against Tsonga, anything appears possible for the former champion.
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