Novak beats Pospisil to reach quarter-finals in Eastbourne

World no.4 and top seed Novak Djokovic made light work of Canadian qualifier Vasek Pospisil in their rain-delayed second-round match in Eastbourne.

When Novak took to the court at Devonshire Park on Tuesday, he held serve at the start of the first set and was leading 30-15 in the second game, only for rain to start falling. The showers never relented and play was called off until Wednesday.

The last 16 match resumed on Pospisil’s serve. The 30-year-old Serbian star broke his rival in the 10th game of the opening set, and once again in the sixth game of the second to advance into the quarters after one hour and 25 minutes of play. He saved all three break points he faced en-route to a 6-4, 6-3 victory, his 25th match win of the season.

“I enjoyed myself very much. Not so much yesterday as we were waiting for the rain to stop. It’s great to be in Eastbourne, it’s a wonderful little town. It’s a beautiful Centre Court. I enjoyed every minute of it, “ said Novak.

Match statistics: aces (5-10), double faults (4-2), winners (15-15), unforced errors (12-14) total points won (67-56).

For a place in the Aegon International last four, Djokovic will meet American Donald Young (ATP #47, H2H 1-0) who beat his compatriot Jared Donaldson 6-4, 7-5.

Novak took a wildcard entry into the Wimbledon warm-up event to prepare for the only grass-court Grand Slam, which gets underway on Monday, July 3.

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