Wimbledon 2014: Impressive Novak Djokovic books his place in the quarter-finals
Last Updated: 30/06/14 9:42pm
Novak Djokovic marched into Wimbledon's quarter-finals with an intimidating show of strength to floor Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets
Tournament favourite Djokovic demonstrated his title credentials with a commanding 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7/5) dismissal of the French 14th seed.
Djokovic will tackle Marin Cilic in the last eight, after the Croatian 26th seed eased past Jeremy Chardy in straight sets.
The six-time grand slam winner is bidding to avenge last year's straight-sets defeat to Andy Murray in the final, with his comfortable progression on Monday underlining his increasing resolve.
Tsonga admitted heading into his Djokovic showdown that only increased clashes with tennis' big four will help him crack the sport's highest echelons.
The Le Mans native was never in the races in the first two sets though, and failed to convert two break points when the score was locked at 4-4 in the final set.
Djokovic let out a visceral roar after fending off those two break points to hold his serve, before the third set moved into a tie-break.
On match point the Serbian world number two whipped a brilliant backhand cross-court winning service return - before outstretching his arms and nodding his head in coach Boris Becker's direction.
The ball was called out, but Hawk-Eye showed it had touched the line, and Djokovic was through.
Wawrinka marches on
Elsewhere, Stanislas Wawrinka shrugged off his potential Wimbledon logjam with a straight-sets victory over Denis Istomin.
The Swiss No 5 seed saw off world No 45 Istomin 6-3 6-3 6-4 to reach Wimbledon's fourth round for the first time in five years.
Wawrinka could face five matches in seven days in order to reach the final after Saturday's rain delays skewed the men's schedule.
Mindful of his a potentially busy week ahead, Wawrinka wasted little time dispatching Uzbekistan's Istomin to equal his best run at Wimbledon.
Istomin reached the semi-finals at Eastbourne, but was unable to make that resurgent grass-court form count against the Australian Open champion.
The 27-year-old called for the doctor at 4-1 down in the second set, only to continue after a short consultation.
Unfazed by the hiatus, Wawrinka eased into the fourth round, to face either Feliciano Lopez or John Isner.
Also on Monday, Marin Cilic, the 26th seed, became the first man into the quarter-finals, seeing off Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 7-6 (10/8) 6-4 6-4.
The Croat's reward is a last-eight meeting with top seed Djokovic.
Defending champion Andy Murray will now play Queen's champion Grigor Dimitrov, who reached the quarters by beating Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 6-4 7-6 (8/6) 6-2.
In other delayed third round matches, Japan's Kei Nishikori completed his truncated five-set victory over Italian Simone Bolelli.
The 10th seed completed a 3-6 6-3 4-6 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 triumph in a contest held over after Saturday's rain delays.
Nishikori will now face Canada's eighth seed Milos Raonic in the fourth round.
Feliciano Lopez of Spain beat ninth seed John Isner of the US in another delayed third round game that featured three tie-breaks. Lopez, the 19th seed, eventually came through 6-7 (8/10) 7-6 (8/6) 7-6 (7/3) 7-5.