Wimbledon 2017: Novak Djokovic Advances with Win vs. Adrian Mannarino on Tuesday

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The last quarterfinal berth will be determined Tuesday when three-time champion Novak Djokovic takes on unseeded Adrian Mannarino in the first match on Centre Court.

On Saturday, his former coach Boris Becker said he had witnessed enough in the first week of Wimbledon to confirm that the Serb has rediscovered his love for the sport."Boris knows me very well".

Djokovic, who defeated Adrian Mannarino in the fourth round, said the courts are among the worst he's played on in his 13 years at the All England Club.

However, the world No. 4 wasn't in a particularly happy mood, regardless of his on-court brilliance, and he found himself in frequent discussions with umpire Bernardes, which often left Djokovic shaking his head - the contents of which I'm sure we'll discover in due course.

The second set got off to an identical start as Djokovic once again stormed into a 3-0 lead, but this time Mannarino was able to fight back and claimed a break of his own to force a tie-break.

Simona Halep, whose quarterfinal loss to Johanna Konta was the third match on Centre Court on Tuesday, said she didn't notice the hole Djokovic had mentioned.

"He [the umpire] just asked me to show him and I did and he was not very pleased to see that".

The fourth seed struggled against a player ranked No51 in the world and midway through the third set he sought treatment for what looked to be an upper arm or shoulder problem. "But I thought we would play on a bigger court".

A win over the Spanish great is not all that links them.

Both players served well but Novak was more effective behind his initial shot, to face only 2 break points in the entire match.

His quarter-final opponent Tomas Berdych, meanwhile, had the best part of an extra day to prepare for their scheduled clash on Wednesday. Yeah, he's someone that understands the occasion of playing big matches, big tournaments.

That match lasted nearly five hours, with 28 games played in the fifth set.

Djokovic said the conditions were not unsafe, but the uneven surface could cause unpredictable bounces and affect the outcome of points and even matches.

Djokovic was also critical of the court conditions, which have increasingly become an issue after a week of hot, dry weather.

Stay tuned for live updates of the match Adrian Mannarino vs Novak Djokovic Wimbledon men's Singles on this website.

The question was whether Mannarino, who had never reached the quarter final of a grand slam, could maintain his spikiness into a second set, and the early signs were not good.

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