Djokovic stronger than Tsonga

  • Last Updated: June 30 2014, 22:27 BST

A review of Monday's action in the men's singles at Wimbledon.

Novak Djokovic powered past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets
Novak Djokovic powered past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets

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 defeat to Andy Murray in the final, with his comfortable progression on Monday underlining his increasing resolve.

Djokovic said he cannot take his record of nine straight victories over Cilic for granted when the two meet in Wimbledon's last eight.

"It plays maybe a little bit in my advantage mentally, but not significant," said Djokovic.

"He has improved a lot since he started working with (coach) Goran Ivanisevic, especially his serve.

"He knows how to play on grass, has nothing to lose, so I have to be ready, but we'll both look forward to it I'm sure."

Grigor Dimitrov believes Roger Rasheed's taskmaster coaching can steel him for a possible five-set marathon Wimbledon quarter-final with defending champion Andy Murray.

Dimitrov blitzed Leonardo Mayer in straight sets to book his second grand slam quarter-final appearance.

The 23-year-old has credited Rasheed's unrelenting coaching style with his impressive campaign.

Bulgarian 11th seed Dimitrov will be gunning for his 10th straight win on grass against Murray when he returns to action on Wednesday.

Rasheed pipped Murray's fitness coach Jez Green in a charity 200-metre sprint at Wimbledon Park Athletics Track in the lead-up to Wimbledon.

"I've been working for all those moments," said Dimitrov of a potential five-set showdown with Murray. "I think it's a great feeling to get into that kind of match.

"Of course the best-case scenario is straight sets. At the end of the day I'm not playing a mediocre player though, so I just need to be on my best behaviour.

"We get along pretty well, my team and his team are on pretty good terms, we always have a lot of jokes.

"I have no hard feelings: one thing is off the court, another thing is on the court - that's going to be the exciting part.

"Hopefully it's going to be no hard feelings anyway after the match."

Defending champion Murray continued his hassle-free procession, once again winning in straight sets.

The 27-year-old dislodged 20th seed Kevin Anderson 6-4 6-3 7-6 (8/6), to tee up that last-eight battle with Dimitrov.

Monday started off with Kei Nishikori completing victory over Italian Simone Bolelli, to set up a fourth-round meeting with Canada's Milos Raonic.

Feliciano Lopez tiptoed past John Isner 6-7 (8/10) 7-6 (8/6) 7-6 (7/3) 7-5 - even though the giant American blasted 52 aces - to set up a fourth-round meeting with Stan Wawrinka.

Number five seed Wawrinka eased past Denis Istomin in straight sets in his third-round clash that had been postponed due to rain on Saturday.

The Swiss 29-year-old believes Wimbledon bosses could have altered Saturday's schedule to accommodate his meeting with Istomin and Lopez's Isner clash on outside courts. Tournament bosses said safety concerns vetoed that move, leaving Wawrinka facing five matches in seven days to realise his Wimbledon title dream.