Novak Djokovic explains ‘stressful’ mistakes during Grigor Dimitrov win
NOVAK DJOKOVIC has explained how he made beating Grigor Dimitrov “stressful.”
Djokovic progressed to the quarter-finals at Queen’s by beating the No 2 seed 6-4, 6-1.
However, the Serbian almost gave his opponent a lifeline when serving for the match at 5-1 up.
Djokovic uncharacteristically made three double faults in the same game but he went on to wrap up the win via deuce.
The former world No 1 then explained how he felt the pressure crank up on Centre Court before he booked his place in the last eight.
“I am what I am, that’s all I can say,” Djokovic said.
“I made three double faults in the last game when I was serving with new balls, which is usually easier.
“Serving at 5-1 I made it stressful for myself but I am glad that I have managed to close it off.”
Djokovic only returned from injury this year but he is building some good momentum heading into Wimbledon next month.
Djokovic is through to the quarter-finals at Queen's
And he is delighted with his own performances in west London.
“I would have taken that before the match, definitely,” he added.
“He made some crucial double faults today which handed me the set and he loves playing on grass.
“He is a great quality player and has had a lot of success here.
“So being able to get the first set under my belt gave me a huge confidence booster.”