Wimbledon 2017: Novak Djokovic Advances with Win vs. Adrian Mannarino on Tuesday

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJuly 11, 2017

Serbia's Novak Djokovic gestures to the crowd after beating France's Adrian Mannarino during their men's singles fourth round match on the eighth day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 11, 2017.
Djokovic won the match 6-2, 7-6, 6-4. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE        (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Novak Djokovic belatedly advanced to the 2017 Wimbledon quarter-finals on Tuesday after a 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4 win over Adrian Mannarino saw the Serb clinch his spot in the last eight after their fourth-round duel was postponed.

Djokovic and Mannarino were scheduled to face off on Monday evening, but the match was pushed back after Gilles Muller required close to five hours to pull off a memorable upset of tournament front-runner Rafael Nadal.

Garbine Muguruza sailed into the women's semi-finals following an impressive 6-3, 6-4 triumph over seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, while Venus Williams ended Jelena Ostapenko's run through the competition.

Later in the day, home hope Johanna Konta came from behind to beat Simona Halep in a thrilling encounter. She was followed into the last four by Magdalena Rybarikova, who cruised past Coco Vandeweghe in a rain-disrupted contest.

Read on for a roundup of Tuesday's Wimbledon results, complete with a recap and highlights of the day's best moments.

Visit the official Wimbledon website for a breakdown of Tuesday's results in full.

                                       

Recap

The former No. 1 continues to fine-tune his game following an at-times rocky start to 2017, but Djokovic was closer to his commanding best on Tuesday as he ousted Mannarino from Wimbledon's running with a straight-set win.

His unblemished run through the SW19 field saw Djokovic fail to concede so much as a set to his latest opponent, and the Wimbledon Twitter account caught the moment a Mannarino net shot sealed the result:

That was one of 26 unforced errors committed by the Frenchman, per the IBM Slamtracker, which trumped Djokovic's lower tally of 24 and had a hand in his demise.

That wasn't to say the victory passed by without a hiccup, however, and Christopher Clarey of the New York Times provided quotes from quarter-finalist Djokovic, who was not impressed by the Wimbledon turf on Tuesday:

He'll face the Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych in the last eight, and the competition's No. 11 seed should pose the most difficult task of Djokovic's campaign at SW19 thus far.

Elsewhere, Muguruza reached the third Grand Slam semi-final of her career, defeating Kuznetsova in two sets as Jose Morgado of Portuguese daily Record highlighted her return to the last four in London:

The Spanish contender previously reached the Wimbledon final in 2015, where she was beaten by Serena Williams, but the American won't be around to stop Muguruza's charge this time due to her pregnancy.

But when one Williams sister is amiss, one can always count on her sibling to step in, and veteran Venus did so in style when she downed French Open champion Ostapenko 6-3, 7-5 on Tuesday:

Serena's absence from the running has granted elder sister Venus the licence needed to make Wimbledon's last four for the second year running, which is incredible considering she failed to advance past the fourth round in four of the five tournaments prior to 2016.

However, she'll seek further plaudits and can go one further by breaking an eight-year drought and making it to Saturday's final, but she'll need to oust Konta to do so.

The Briton is playing some sensational tennis too, digging deep to somehow outlast the energetic Halep.

Konta came back from a set down to beat Halep.
Konta came back from a set down to beat Halep.Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

It looked a long way back for Konta after losing the first set in a tiebreak. Yet she showcased brilliant mental strength to edge the second in a breaker, before coming through the decider thanks to some pinpoint shot making.

As noted by the WTA’s Courtney Nguyen, unfortunately for Konta the over-enthusiasm of the crowd did dampen the winning moment:

Still, it’s a remarkable achievement for the sixth seed, who has made rapid progress over the last 12 months. It’s the first time a British woman has made it this far in the singles since 1978 and she's put herself in an excellent position to go all the way.

She’ll be the favourite against the veteran Williams, although after this win Konta was adamant she’ll be taking nothing for granted:

Muguruza’s opponent was also confirmed as Rybarikova, as she was far too good for Vandeweghe in the last of the quarter-finals.

The match initially started on Court 1, but had to be moved inside when the heavens opened, with the 28-year-old Slovakian a set up.

When play resumed on Centre Court following Konta’s victory, the pattern of the match did not alter and the unseeded Rybarikova hammered her way to a win. The pressure will be off when she faces Muguruza and it’s clear the Slovak has the skills to spring another surprise.

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