Wimbledon: Agassi aims to focus Djokovic

Former No 1 Andre Agassi hopes to bring out Novak Djokovic's fighting best at Wimbledon

Former No 1 Andre Agassi hopes to bring out Novak Djokovic's fighting best at Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic made the best of an unfortunate situation, where he was forced to play on women's quarter-finals day, by thumping Adrian Mannarino 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 to reach the last-eight at Wimbledon.

"It's equal prize money so why not equal representation on Centre Court and Court number One?", she said. But that moment seemed to galvanise Mannarino and he became more competitive, taking Djokovic to deuce on two of his service games, before the three-time champion closed out the set with a second break.

Djokovic has not dropped a set in the tournament.

While you can only play what's in front of you, Djokovic does still have a case to push given his highest profile scalp on grass, including at Eastbourne is entertaining Frenchman Gael Monfils.

Berdych will have had a day more to rest up for the match as Djokovic and Mannarino were scheduled to have played their last-16 match on Monday.

Looking ahead to the match, Djokovic who lost to him in the 2010 semi-finals, said: "Obviously he's been around many years".

In the previous round, Querrey beat 12th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in five sets.

This was Williams' first match since police in Florida rescinded their original conclusion that she was at fault in a two-car crash last month. But she was often absent from Wimbledon past year before the early exit that began her husband's spell in the doldrums. It was in the Round of 64, past year that Djokovic beat Mannarino for the first and only time, but he had a lot of trouble in the first and third sets, after some excellent play by Mannarino.

Venus Williams, a five-time Wimbledon champion playing for the 20th time at the grass-court major, will be first on Centre Court against 19-year-old Ana Konjuh.

Amid his frustration, Mannarino struck back. The Frenchman saved a set point when Djokovic missed a backhand down the line.

Novak Djokovic appeared to have a shoulder or upper arm injury.

The 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4 scoreline may suggest that Djokovic had a facile victory, but he was frustrated, among other things, by his own lack of consistency, including on the serve. "I am just glad that it is done".

The Halep-Konta match was in the third set.

Fending off a couple of break points, Mannarino held to open the third set. Hopefully by Monday the court is back in "working order".

On the next changeover, Djokovic took his second straight medical timeout with the trainer vigorously massaging his biceps and shoulder as Djokovic sucked down some water.

In related news, Novak Djokovic's coach Andre Agassi recently revealed that the duchess is a big fan of him, apparently watching him and his wife Steffi Graf take to the courts as a young girl.

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