Novak Djokovic has lashed out at the quality of the centre court as he claimed that a hole had opened up in the middle of the court and he told the same to the chair umpire during his game againstAdrian Mannarino at Wimbledon. The Serb registered 6-2, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 win over his French opponent.
Djokovic, who overcame an injury in his pre-quarterfinal clash against Mannarino, secured a 6-2, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory to enter the last eight of the Grand Slam event for the ninth time in his career. Despite the win, he didn't leave a stone unturned to thrash the bad conditions of the All England Club courts.
"I told the chair umpire that there was a hole in the middle of the court on the service line. I showed him and he was not very pleased about it," Djokovic said as quoted by PTI.
"The courts are not great this year and many of the players feel the same. I am sure the groundsmen are the best in the world, but grass is the most complex surface to maintain. I have played on better courts."
During the match, the second-seeded player needed treatment as his shoulder pain troubled him, but he managed to complete the game on a victorious note.
"We'll see on the shoulder. It is something which I have been dragging back and forth for a while but I am still managing to play," the World No.4 added.
Now, Djokovic will face 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych- someone over him, he boasts a 25-2 career record- on Wednesday in a bid to secure a semi-final spot.