Novak Djokovic advanced to his fifth straight Wimbledon semifinal after a tough 5-set win over the inspired Marin Cilic.
After his 10th straight victor over the 6-foot-6 Croat, Djokovic talked about the speed of the courts and the fact that there has been a high number of tiebreakers at the event this year.
“Grass is still the fastest surface we have in sport,” Djokvoic reminded. “If you are going to have tiebreak records anywhere, you’re going to have it here. Especially with guys like Isner or López or Raonic, Kyrgios, these big servers, big guys, Cilic. It’s not easy to break them. They put a lot of pressure on your service games, as well. Your best chance is getting to a tiebreak.
“Again, I would agree with the fact that we have more baseline rallies than we had maybe 20, 30 years ago looking at the grass at those times. But I think it’s not a matter of grass. I think it’s a matter of tennis balls. I think they’re a bit slower, which suits the baseline players more I guess nowadays.”
And Djokovic added the court speed doesn’t matter if your are of certain height. “If you’re 6’10″. It doesn’t matter. If you serve with a tomato, you’re going to ace it.”
Djokovic now faces the young 23-year-old Grigor Dimitrov who beat the Serb in Madrid last year.
“It’s a big win for Grigor,” said Djokovic. “He has been on fire the past six months. He has won a couple of titles, including on grass at Queen’s. He is unbeaten on grass this year, so he is the player to beat.”
Earlier, Dimitrov said he wasn’t scared of Novak. The kid is beaming with confidence.
“Fear is out of the picture,” said Dimitrov. “I’m of course not expecting an easy match. But I’m out there to go through a match, to win it. I think we are both going to really want that match. Of course, he has the experience behind him. But at the same time, I’ve been playing great tennis. I believe in my skills at the moment.”
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