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History-chasing Djokovic vows to uphold familiar methods


Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

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Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is pushing thoughts of more history to one side as he continues to ease his way through the Wimbledon draw.

The world number one reached his 50th grand slam quarter-final with a straight-sets victory over Cristian Garin on Centre Court.

The world number one made it 18 consecutive slam wins as he chases a third title of the year and 12 consecutive sets taken at the All England Club in 2021 with a 6-2 6-4 6-2 success.

Should he win, he would tie Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s record of 20 major titles and would stay on track to be the first man in the Open era to complete a calendar Grand Slam.

“I feel privileged and honoured, of course very happy to be in this position to make history of the sport,” said the 34-year-old, who is considered by many to be the greatest male player of all time.

“At the same time, I need to go about my everyday routines and everyday life on the tour pretty much the same way that I feel has reaped a lot of success for me.

“If I start giving away my attention and energy to these speculations and discussions and debates, I feel like it’s going to derail me from what I feel is the priority at this moment for me, which is to take it step by step, day by day, stick to stuff that makes me feel good, that makes me feel comfortable, confident, that makes me prepare the best that I possibly can be prepared for the final stages of grand slams.

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“It’s not a secret that I am trying to win as many slams as possible. I went for historic number one (most weeks spent at number one). I managed to achieve that milestone. They are a motivating factor but they are not consuming my everyday life.”

Felix Auger-Aliassime caused a shock on Court One by knocking out fourth seed Alexander Zverev, 6-4 7-6 (6) 3-6 3-6 6-4.

Roger Federer made short work of Lorenzo Sonego to ease into the quarter-finals.

The eight-time champion survived a testing first set to eventually swat aside the 23rd seed 7-5 6-4 6-2.

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