Novak Djokovic has safely booked his place in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon courtesy of a straight-sets victory over Adrian Mannarino this afternoon. "He [the umpire] just asked me to show him and I did and he was not very pleased to see that".
The world number four did not seem too anxious about that after the win, but he did express his concerns over the state of the grass on the showpiece court, which has looked very worn this year.
"Courts, honestly, are not that great this year". But is true most of the time in the fifth he played more aggressive and he played better than me. "I haven't dropped a set yet on grass this season either here or in Eastbourne". In the other match, Rybarikova was leading 6-3, 2-2 when rain halted play.
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The only worry for Djokovic was the pain from his shoulder, which required medical treatment during the third set. I guess he's playing pretty confident at the moment, feeling well.
Venus Williams has reached the semifinals at Wimbledon for the 10th time.
I know Carl and David quite well, and it's one of the perks of the job that I get to meet people from across loads of different sports and chat to them about what they do.
"All England Lawn Tennis Club staff have been working around the clock to ensure the courts are up to scratch ahead of Middle Monday, also known as Magic or Manic Monday, when all remaining male and female singles players will compete on the same day", says the Daily Mail.
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Despite all that-and a second-set spike in his opponent's level of play-the three-time champion controlled the center of the court for much of the match.
The match between Spain's Garbine Muguruza and Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova had been due to begin at 1pm, but a heavy shower arrived at 12.55pm and covers were on the court at the scheduled start time, with umbrellas up in the stands.
Andre Agassi and Mario Ancic - both part of the three-time Wimbledon winner's coaching setup - routinely conversed with a sense of approval throughout as Djokovic maintained his record of not dropping a set en route to the business end of the competition. Next up on Centre Court is second seed Simona Halep, who will become the first Romanian woman to reach world number one if she beats sixth seed Johanna Konta, the first British woman in the quarter-finals for 33 years.
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