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Novak Djokovic warns Wimbledon rivals after thrashing Cristian Garin to reach 50th Grand Slam quarter-final


Novak Djokovic is through to his 12th Wimbledon quarter-final (Picture: BBC Sport)

Novak Djokovic warned his Wimbledon rivals that his confidence is ‘very high’ and he is feeling more ‘comfortable’ on grass with every match after he thrashed Cristian Garin to reach his 50th Grand Slam quarter-final.

The Serbian legend, who has won five titles at the All England Club, beat Chilean star Garin 6-2 6-4 6-2 on Centre Court on Monday to progress to his 12th Wimbledon quarter-final.

The 34-year-old, who is chasing a calendar Grand Slam after winning the Australian Open and French Open earlier this year, has dropped just one set on his route to the quarters and faces Hungarian Marton Fucsovics next.

‘I am very delighted,’ Djokovic said during his on-court interview. ‘I’m also delighted to see more fans on the Centre Court today. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

‘This court has evoked the most special feeling, butterflies, nervousness that any court can evoke in a player.

‘My confidence level is very high after winning the French Open. That was one of the biggest wins under those circumstances, particularly in the second week. It took a lot out of me but at the same time it gave me wings.

‘The further the tournament goes I feel like I am more confident and comfortable on grass and I look forward to the next challenge.’

Djokovic celebrates his one-sided victory over Cristian Garin (Picture: Getty)

Djokovic’s tally of 50 Grand Slam quarter-finals is bettered by only one player: Roger Federer. The Swiss legend will progress to his 58th last-eight clash if he beats Italian Lorenzo Sonego later today.

Top seed Djokovic is bidding to win his third successive Wimbledon title and a record-equalling 20th men’s Grand Slam title.

In his post-match press conference, Djokovic added: ‘I am happy particularly with the match today. After third round, it was kind of up and down for me. Today was a very solid performance from the first to last point.

‘I was mentally present. I was serving much better, using the court well. When I’m able to serve well, get a lot of free points on my first serve, when I go quickly through my service games, it just gives me more confidence, allows me to relax a bit more on the return games and from the back of the court.

‘So I am just very satisfied with the way I played today.’

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