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Wimbledon 2017: Novak Djokovic eases past Adrian Mannarino into last eight

Novak Djokovic eased into the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a routine 6-2 7-6(5) 6-4 win over France’s Adrian Mannarino. The match was supposed to take place on Monday but was postponed following an epic match between Rafa Nadal and Gilles Muller.

tennis Updated: Jul 11, 2017 23:38 IST
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Novak Djokovic gestures to the crowd after beating  Adrian Mannarino during their men's singles fourth round match of the 2017 Wimbledon Championship.
Novak Djokovic gestures to the crowd after beating Adrian Mannarino during their men's singles fourth round match of the 2017 Wimbledon Championship.(AFP)

Second seed Novak Djokovic eased into the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a routine 6-2 7-6(5) 6-4 win over France’s Adrian Mannarino on Tuesday.

The match was postponed after the marathon battle between Rafa Nadal and Gilles Muller concluded late on Monday.

Djokovic was due to follow Nadal on to Court One but the Spaniard’s defeat by Muller lasted 4 hours 48 minutes and made it impossible for the Serb’s match to be completed before dark.

Light rain led officials to close the roof over Centre Court.

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Djokovic, who will face Czech Tomas Berdych in the last eight, received treatment to his shoulder during a medical time-out late in the third set.

Djokovic complains of “hole” on Centre Court

Second seed Novak Djokovic complained of a “hole” on Centre Court at Wimbledon after beating Adrian Mannarino in his delayed fourth-round match on Tuesday.

Djokovic highlighted a problem with the surface to the chair umpire late in his three-set win.

“During the match I mentioned that there is a hole in the middle of the court, middle of the service line and he asked me to show him and I did. He was not very pleased to see that,” Djokovic told the BBC.

The Serb is not the first player at this year’s tournament to comment negatively about the quality of the courts but said he understood the difficult job facing the groundstaff.

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“The courts honestly are not that great this year and many players feel the same. It is what it is, the weather also affects the grass.

“Grasscourt groundsmen I am sure they know their job the best in the world but the grass is probably the most complex surface to maintain, it is not easy. They are trying their best but I’ve played on better courts,” he said.