NOVAK DJOKOVIC isn’t hanging around in his bid to end his longest Grand Slam drought.
The number two seed is safely through the second week of Wimbledon having spent less than four and a half hours on court so far.
It was another straightforward afternoon for Djokovic as he saw off the unpredictable Ernests Gulbis in straight sets with the minimum of fuss.
And he was in such a hurry to get his match finished that he even ordered umpire Jake Garner to focus after being on the wrong end of a couple of dodgy calls.
“He’s probably frustrated with me saying that and maybe I didn’t use the right words, so I apologise,” Djokovic admitted after his 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 victory.
“There were two situations when I thought the calls should have been different but he’s trying to do the best job the best he can and we all say things in the heat of the moment.”
Djokovic is looking to win his 13th Grand Slam next week but it is now more than a year since his last major title at the French Open.
He has dropped down to number four in the world rankings as a result, sparking suggestions that he has lost his appetite and drive after achieving so much already in his career.
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But the way he has raced through to a fourth round clash with unseeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino certainly doesn’t suggest a lack of motivation.
Former coach Boris Becker revealed: “We parted ways because he wouldn’t spend as much time on the practice court as I wanted, but this was the first time in a while that I see the passion back.
“It all comes down to how much you’re willing to sacrifice and he wants to win desperately.”
Djokovic, who knows exactly what it takes to win Wimbledon after three previous triumphs, added: “I’m delighted with my performance today.
“I raised my level of tennis compared to the first couple of matches. It was the most focussed I have been on court and it came at the right time.
“Gulbis always presents a great challenge because he’s very unpredictable with a huge serve. He started well but then I won nine games in a row and that gave me a lot of confidence.”