ATP Tour

Djokovic crushes Dimitrov to reach win No 799

2018-06-21 19:16
Novak Djokovic (Getty)

London - Novak Djokovic swept into the Queen's Club quarter-finals and recorded his 799th career win with a 6-4, 6-1 demolition of Grigor Dimitrov on Thursday.

Djokovic needed only 65 minutes to crush world number five Dimitrov in the second round of the Wimbledon warm-up event.

In the last eight, the former world number one faces the winner of the all-French clash between Adrian Mannarino and Julien Benneteau.

"Hopefully we can get 800 tomorrow," said the Serb.

If Djokovic is successful in his next match, the Serb will become only the 10th man in the Open era to join the 800-win club.

It was Djokovic's first win over a top 10 player in just over a year and the impressive display suggested he made the right decision to play at Queen's for the first time since 2010.

Djokovic is a lowly 22nd in the ATP rankings after an embarrassing French Open quarter-final defeat against Italian journeyman Marco Cecchinato extended his wretched run in 2018.

Hampered by an elbow injury last year, he has failed to reach the semi-finals in any of his last five Grand Slam appearances.

Djokovic hasn't earned a major title since competing his career Grand Slam by winning the 2016 French Open.

Dogged by rumours that he no longer has the motivation to return to the top, the 12-time Grand Slam winner decided to start his bid for a fourth Wimbledon crown by accepting a Queen's wild card.

Speaking after finishing off former Queen's winner Dimitrov, Djokovic admitted his confidence is finally starting to return.

"Grigor made some crucial double faults today that handed me the first set. He loves playing on grass, he's a great quality player," he said.

"Being able to get the first set under he belt was a huge confidence booster for me.

"I made three double faults in the last game and was serving with new balls which usually, on grass, is easier.

"I made it stressful for myself. I'm glad I manage to close it out."

Results at the ATP Queen's tournament in London on Thursday (x indicates seed):

2nd round

Nick Kyrgios (AUS) bt Kyle Edmund (GBR x7) 7-6 (7/3), 6-7 (5/7), 6-3

Novak Djokovic (SRB) bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x2) 6-4, 6-1

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