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Fri Apr 18 16:12:34 SAST 2014

Djokovic downs Mayer to sprint into semis

Reuters | 04 July, 2012 16:400 Comments
The Championships - Wimbledon 2012: Day Nine
Novak Djokovic of Serbia in action during his Gentlemen's Singles quarter final match against Florian Mayer of Germany on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 4, 2012 in London, England
Image by: Julian Finney / Getty Images

Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic motored into the Wimbledon semi-finals with a quick-fire 6-4 6-1 6-4 victory over Germany’s Florian Mayer on Wednesday.

The Serb did not need to be at his brilliant best to dispatch the world number 29 who laboured to stay in the match, but never looked like troubling his opponent.

  After a short rain delay, Djokovic broke decisively in the 10th game of the first set and sprinted through the second on fast forward.

  Mayer held on to the Serb’s coat tails in the third, but Djokovic broke in the ninth game and finished him off with an ace.

  “It took me a while to get used to the conditions, having played my last three games indoors,” Djokovic said in a courtside interview.

  “It was a little windy, but I’m satisfied with the overall performance. Florian had some opportunities to come back in the third set, as well as chances in the first, but I held my nerve at the important moments.”

  Djokovic will now face 16-times grand slam champion Roger Federer after the Swiss dismantled Mikhail Youzhny.

  “It’s always a pleasure playing against Roger, so I’m looking forward to that,” Djokovic said.

  “He’s been so dominant and consistent in grand slams, it’s the ultimate challenge on a grass court.”

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