Djokovic overcomes injury, Mannarino to enter Wimbledon quarters

Djokovic overcomes injury, Mannarino to enter Wimbledon quarters

Officials told Djokovic and Mannarino that they were concerned about public safety of the fans - they estimated there were 30,000 still in the grounds - rushing to get an open seat at Centre Court. Murray came into the tournament dealing with a sore left hip and it clearly impeded him.

He would break again to open up the second and built a 4-1 advantage.

Djokovic said: "I mean, I'm not the only one who has been complaining a little bit about this condition of the court".

Novak Djokovic has been forced to retire from his Wimbledon quarter-final match against Tomas Berdych due to injury.

The fourth seed struggled against a player ranked 51st in the world and midway through the third set he sought treatment for what looked to be a shoulder problem.

The overnight delay could be costly for Djokovic, who will not get a day off before his quarterfinal match against No. 11 Tomas Berdych on Wednesday. "The serve and forehand were the shots where I could feel it the most and after that there was really no sense (in continuing)".

He said on Tuesday: "It was a long day for both Mannarino and me". He's been there so many years and has got experience.

"It's not the shoulder, it's the elbow that has kept bothering me for over a year and a half".

Regardless of the circumstances, Djokovic missed out on the Wimbledon semis for the second consecutive year after previously making it to that point six years in a row.

Novak Djokovic has criticised the state of the centre court at Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic has criticised the state of the centre court at Wimbledon. Tim Ireland

In 27 meetings, Djokovic has won 25 of them with the lone wins for Berdych coming in at the Rome Masters in 2013 and ironically in the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2010, where he won in straight sets on his way to his only Grand Slam final, where he lost to Rafa Nadal in three sets. It is the scene of his solitary major win over Djokovic and it came seven years ago at the semifinal stage when the Czech player won in straight sets.

No matter the contributing factors, Berdych is into the semifinals and faces Roger Federer.

In the first women's quarterfinal, American Venus Williams made short work of Jelena Ostapenko, 6-3, 7-5. Only when his fourth-round match against 16th-seeded Gilles Muller of Luxembourg stretched past 4½ hours, the sunlight fading, did fourth-seeded Nadal blink.

"He was dictating all of the points", Murray said.

"I don't think anyone's suggesting it is fair". "And everything kind of seemed to be falling my way then". Berdych hopes to make his seventh career grand slam semifinal and third in the Wimbledon. "It was I think his first Grand Slam final".

And there were moments along the way when Querrey himself doubted he'd ever accomplish this.

"It was frustrating last night". 'Yeah, I guess the break is something that I will have to consider right now.' Djokovic added in Serbian that he wants to avoid surgery if possible. His backhands didn't have their usual verve.

Play has started on No. 1 Court at Wimbledon.

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