Novak Djokovic cruises into last-eight of Wimbledon as defending champion beats Cristian Garin in straight sets to reach an incredible 50th Grand Slam quarter-final
- Novak Djokovic beat Chilean Christian Garin in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2
- The relentless world No 1 is chasing his third Grand Slam of the calendar year
- Djokovic will face Hungarian Marton Fucsovics in the Wimbledon quarter-finals
Novak Djokovic is trying to clear his head of mind blowing numbers after moving to within three victories of a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam.
The defending champion was ruthless in a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win over Chilean Cristian Garin to move ahead of Boris Becker’s 11 all-time All England quarter-finals, with only Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors to catch.
It also means he will make a 50th Grand Slam last eight appearance on Wednesday and only Federer has made more.
Novak Djokovic eased into his 50th grand slam quarter-final with a straight-sets victory
The world No 1 made it 18 consecutive grand slam wins as he chases a third major of the year
With a sixth singles title coming into view, as he faces unseeded Hungarian Marton Fucsovics, who upset Russian No.5 seed Andrey Rublev in five sets, the 34-year-old unashamedly revealed how he tries to ignore the voice of his very achievable ambitions.
With age and form on his side, it is almost inevitable he will go down as statistically the greatest player of all time.
But he cautioned: ‘If I start giving my attention and energy to these discussions and debates, I feel like it’s going to derail me.
‘The priority is to stick to the stuff that allows me prepare the best I possibly can for the final stages of Grand Slams.’
Garin dug in well at the start of the second but did not manage to win a set on Centre Court
The numbers do not lie, though, and even the granite-minded driven Djokovic conceded he cannot shy away from his desires.
‘It’s not a secret that I am trying to win as many slams as possible,’ the top seed added.
‘I went for historic No. 1 (longest at top of world rankings) and I managed to achieve that milestone.
‘They are a motivating factor but they are not consuming my everyday life. I’m trying to balance things out as well for me.
‘Of course, it’s soothing to my ears and my ego that someone thinks of me that greatly. To be in that conversation is obviously an honour.
‘It’s a privilege to break records in the sport that I truly love. I’m devoted to this sport as much as I think anybody out there on the tour. I just try to do my best.
There was immense relief for Djokovic at the end as he navigated to the quarter-finals again
‘I am aware that there are many records on the line. I’m not aware of all of them and they do inspire me to play my best tennis.’
Chilean Garin was the latest quality player made to look average by a man who has only dropped one set – to Britain’s Jack Draper in the tournament’s opening match on Centre Court.
Garin was seeded 17 here, but is a clay-court specialist and had never won a round at Wimbledon before this year.
He looked beaten after dropping the first eight points of the match and had no answer to Djokovic’s relentlessly consistent serve and unerringly accurate returns.