Djokovic: I don’t want to stop

Novak Djokovic says he wants to go as far as possible at Roland Garros after a convincing win on Sunday saw him make the quarter-finals.

The 2016 champion, who has dropped to 20th in the world after struggling to recover from an elbow injury, reached the last eight for the ninth successive time in Paris after a hard-fought three-set victory over Spain’s Fernando Verdasco.

The win continued Djokovic’s recent good form since reuniting with former coach Marian Vajda in late March.

Speaking afterwards, the 31-year old said he was pleased with the result.

“Considering all the circumstances in the last 15 months it is quite an achievement to get to the quarters of a Slam,” said Djokovic.

“I always play well at a Slam and always build my form to peak at a Slam.

“Hopefully it will get even better. I don’t want to stop here.”

“I think in the important moments today, I just managed to play an extra shot in the court and just made him run and just made him uncomfortable,” he added.

“I think from that point of view I did very well. I was very happy with the overall performance, especially in the third set.”

Meanwhile, the Serb also explained the reason behind his heated argument with the umpire during the match with Verdasco, saying he was concerned that the failure to water the court between sets could lead to injury.

“It was a very warm day, and after the first set they decided not to water the court, which I thought it was not the right decision,” Djokovic said.

“That’s all. I just questioned the decision from the chair umpire, actually, that he’s listening to the grounds people.

“What I don’t like is that there is no participation of the players.

“So they don’t ask players. We are the ones who are playing and sliding and not sliding, so we can give them the most important feedback.

“It doesn’t seem like they care too much about our opinion, and that’s something I don’t like.”

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