Novak Djokovic sounds like a man ready to win a second Wimbledon. The 2011 champion is now just six sets away from a second after getting past Tomas Berdych 76, 64, 63 today in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.
The Serb who came into the tournament having just one title since Dubai hasn’t lost a set during his path to the Friday semifinals where he’ll meet Juan Martin Del Potro.
“I’m ready,” he said. “Plenty of motivation to win every match that I play on here.”
Djokovic also leads Del Potro 8-3, though the Argentine beat Novak at Indian Wells in March and in the Olympic bronze match last year on the same courts of Wimbledon.
“DelPo is a great player,” he said. “I have a great respect for him. He’s a Grand Slam winner. He struggled with injuries in last few years, but every time he comes back he comes back very strong because he just has this talent, you know, and qualities as a player. He’s very tall, so he uses that serve as a powerful weapon. And of course forehand, that is his signature shot. You know, it’s semifinals, so everything is open, on the table, and we both want to win.”
By winning Wednesday, Djokovic has now reached the semifinals at 13 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, a mark that he jokes is still far short of Roger Federer’s 36.
“It’s a huge achievement for me,” he added. “I’m very proud of my success on Grand Slams because that’s exactly where I want to do my best and where I want to play my top tennis and reach the latter stages of the event because these are the most important, most valuable tennis tournaments in the world.”
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