‘I’m devoted to this sport as much as anybody,’ says Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is into the quarter-final of Wimbledon and says he felt more ‘mentally present’ in his straight set win over Cristian Garin.

Djokovic has only dropped one set all tournament which was in his first match against British youngster Jack Draper. Yet despite his straight set win over third round opponent Denis Kudla, the world number one wasn’t happy with his performance.

In contrast, he completely dominated Garin on Monday, with an immaculate service game and said afterwards he felt much more solid.

“I am happy, particularly with the match today. After the third round, 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.

“I served well and [felt] comfortable. That’s probably affecting the game in general,” Djokovic said.

“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.”

The win puts Djokovic in third place on the all-time list for most Wimbledon men’s singles quarter-final appearances, equaling Arthur Gore and he said that records like those help to motivate him.

“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.”

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