Wimbledon 2014: Novak Djokovic powers past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
The number one seed won 6-3, 6-4, 7-6
Monday 30 June 2014
Novak Djokovic marched into Wimbledon's quarter-finals with an intimidating show of strength to floor Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets.
Tournament favourite Djokovic demonstrated his title credentials with a commanding 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7/5) dismissal of the French 14th seed.
Djokovic will tackle Marin Cilic in the last eight, after the Croatian 26th seed eased past Jeremy Chardy in straight sets.
The six-time grand slam winner is bidding to avenge last year's straight-sets defeat to Andy Murray in the final, with his comfortable progression on Monday underlining his increasing resolve.
Tsonga admitted heading into his Djokovic showdown that only increased clashes with tennis' big four will help him crack the sport's highest echelons.
The Le Mans native was never in the races in the first two sets though, and failed to convert two break points when the score was locked at 4-4 in the final set.
Djokovic let out a visceral roar after fending off those two break points to hold his serve, before the third set moved into a tie-break.
On match point the Serbian world number two whipped a brilliant backhand cross-court winning service return - before outstretching his arms and nodding his head in coach Boris Becker's direction.
The ball was called out, but Hawk-Eye showed it had touched the line, and Djokovic was through.
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