'The nearer Novak Djokovic gets to the final, the more...', says former ace

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'The nearer Novak Djokovic gets to the final, the more...', says former ace

Novak Djokovic's 'Manic Monday' lasts just under one hundred and twenty minutes. The one against Christian Garin at the opening of the day on Center Court turns out to be a very good competitive training. The Serbian reaches the fiftieth quarter-final Slam in his career (the twelfth on the meadows of Church Road) thanks to a very rocky 6-2 6-4 6-1 and is waiting for a reliable test.

Waiting for him Marton Fucsovics, Andrey Rublev's surprise executioner. Two errors in the setting phase, a double fault and a reckless adventure near the net. This is Garin's calling card on Center Court against number one. The Chilean tennis player, terraiolo by definition, obviously does not find sufficiently good weapons to worry Djokovic.

He is good at completing an 8-0 split and strengthening the lead with a second break. The Serbian champion, who lifts his foot off the accelerator in the second half, cancels a handful of break points during the second game thanks to the help of his serve and does not take advantage of as many between the third and fifth.

With the attention threshold at an all-time low - also thanks to the circumstances - the number one in the block needs the sixth chance available (at 4-4) to settle the decisive push and to break the balance definitively.

The third set is completely necessary, with Djokovic who immediately goes to 2-0 and who limits himself to keep the service until the finish line. After the fifth set with Philipp Kohlschreiber, the pass granted by Pablo Andujar, but above all the health walk with Andy Murray on the Center Court, Denis Shapovalov even notes Roberto Bautista Agut in the notebook of the victims in London.

Fresh from the final at the Queen's, the Canadian talent also reaches the quarterfinals of the Championships for the first time in his career. Example 6-3 6-2 7-5 at the threshold of two hours of play. Stained by an empty passage only in the final.

Becker opens up on Novak Djokovic

Boris Becker recently claimed that Novak Djokovic winning Wimbledon is not a foregone conclusion, as some of the other players left in the field could challenge the Serb. Becker also believes his former charge could possibly buckle under the weight of pressure, given he is on the threshold of history.

"Novak WON'T walk it," Becker said. "Some of the men left in the draw are being underestimated, and Novak Djokovic has another opponent that should not be discounted — history. The nearer he (Novak Djokovic) gets to the final and a possible 20th Grand Slam title, the more this pressure will build and the more he will be reminded of it." Boris Becker further asserted the Serb will not be overconfident of a victory at Wimbledon.

"Djokovic will not be viewing this title as a certainty, I can assure you, and nobody else should either," Becker added.