Novak Djokovic meets Federer, Connors and Becker on Wimbledon achievement


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Novak Djokovic meets Federer, Connors and Becker on Wimbledon achievement

World no. 1 and the four-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic is through to the quarter-final after a routine 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Wimbledon debutant Ugo Humbert in an hour and 42 minutes. Novak did everything right on the court against the youngster to secure the 11th quarter-final at the All England Club (the 45th overall), becoming only the fourth player who achieved that in the Open era after Roger Federer, Jimmy Connors and Boris Becker.

It was the 69th win in the cathedral of tennis for Novak who brought the match home with a dominant performance on both serve and return, losing 14 points behind the initial shot and never facing a break point. The pressure was on Ugo all the time and he had no weapons to draw it away, spraying more than 30 unforced errors while seeking an empty part of the court and getting broken five times from nine opportunities offered to Novak who ruled the court with 25 winners and 14 mistakes.

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer and the players with at least ten quarter-finals at all four Majors and the Serb has gathered the most at Roland Garros (13) and the US Open and Wimbledon, with 11 at both. Competing at his 15th straight Wimbledon, Djokovic is through to the last eight for the 11th time in the previous 13 years at the All England Club, losing early in 2005 and 2006 before settling into a winning rhythm that has made him one of the most consistent players here.

In 2008, Marat Safin toppled Novak in the second round before the Serb went all the way in 2011, lifting the first Wimbledon trophy and repeating that in 2014 and 2015, beating Roger Federer in both finals. After a poor run in 2016, Novak had to retire in the quarter-final against Tomas Berdych two years ago, struggling with an elbow injury that sidelined him from the rest of the season.

Ranked outside the top-20, Novak came back stronger in 2018, going all the way to conquer the first Wimbledon crown since 2015 and staying on the same course in the last ten weeks after matching Boris Becker's quarter-final numbers at the All England Club.