Familiar faces and new names have been lining up against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon, but the Serbian has dispatched all of them without issue, a trend that continued on “Manic Monday”.
The four-time champion eased into his 11th Wimbledon quarter-final on the busiest day of The Championships, routing #NextGenATP Frenchman Ugo Humbert 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 on Court No. 1.
Djokovic broke four times and took advantage of a nervy performance from the 21-year-old Humbert, who was making his Wimbledon debut and playing in his first Grand Slam fourth round. The left-hander finished with 34 unforced errors to only 20 winners.
Djokovic, meanwhile, was solid and efficient throughout their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting. The Serbian didn’t commit his first unforced error until the seventh game of the first set, and he halted Humbert’s chances before they appeared, often taking the crucial 30/30 points to avoid facing a break point.
In the second set, Humbert, already down a break at 2-4, couldn’t stay within touching distance of Djokovic as the Serbian took advantage of his fifth break point of the game to lead 5-2 and cruised from there.
The 15-time Slam champion moved into his 45th Slam quarter-final, second to only Roger Federer, who is going for his 55th major quarter-final against Italian Matteo Berrettini, the MercedesCup champion.
Djokovic will next face Belgium’s David Goffin, who battled his way into a second Grand Slam championship quarter-final. The No. 21 seed saved five set points in the first-set tie-break en route to beating Fernando Verdasco of Spain 7-6(9), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in three hours. He saved set points at 3/6, 6/7 and 7/8 in the tie-break.
The 28-year-old Goffin will now return to the Top 20 in the ATP Rankings for the first time since 18 March this year. He rose to a career-high No. 7 on the back of reaching the title match at the 2017 Nitto ATP Finals (l. to Dimitrov), but came into Wimbledon at No. 23.
Djokovic leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 5-1, but they’ve never played on grass and haven’t met since the 2017 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.
The Serbian has dropped only one set through four matches against German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber, Denis Kudla of the U.S., 22-year-old Pole Hubert Hurkacz and Humbert.
Did You Know?
Only four Top 10 seeds reached the Round of 16 at Wimbledon this year, the fewest since 2008, when there were also four – No. 1 Roger Federer, No. 2 Rafael Nadal, No. 8 Richard Gasquet and No. 10 Marcos Baghdatis.