Novak Djokovic: You could see Cristian Garin was nervous

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was happy with the way he performed against top-ranked Chilean tennis player Cristian Garin in the Wimbledon round-of-16. 

Djokovic, seeded at No. 1, handed Garin a 6-2 6-4 6-2 loss to progress into the Wimbledon quarterfinal. 

“I am happy, particularly with the match today. After the third round [against Denis Kudla], it was kind of up and down for me,” Djokovic said. “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.

“Cristian played for his first time on Centre Court. You could see he was nervous, making a lot of unforced errors at the beginning of the match, which gave me an opportunity to win [the] first set comfortably.”

Djokovic achieves a milestone 

This win voer Garin put Djokovic at third place on the all-time list for most Wimbledon men’s singles quarter-final appearances.

“You always enjoy obviously hearing those stats,” Djokovic said. “It’s a privilege to break records in the sport that I truly love. I’m devoted to this sport as much as I think anybody out there on the tour. I just try to do my best.

“Of course, [records] are a motivating factor. I am aware that there are many records on the line. I’m not aware of all of them. They do inspire me to play my best tennis.”

Djokovic didn’t suffer a single break against Garin during their match. 

“I served well and [felt] comfortable. That’s probably affecting the game in general,” Djokovic assessed. “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 and allows me to relax a bit more on the return games and from the back of the court.”

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