LONDON — Novak Djokovic figured out the grass at Wimbledon and found himself holding the trophy at the All England Club for the first time.
This year, by his own estimate, “I’m actually playing better tennis on grass than I played two years ago.”
The top-seeded Djokovic defeated No. 13 Tommy Haas 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Monday to advance to his 17th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal. He still hasn’t lost a set in the tournament.
“I feel good about myself in this moment,” Djokovic said. “I’m No. 1 in the world. I have no reason to be concerned about my game.”
Despite falling behind a break in the second set, then enduring a few tense moments in the third, the Serb was never really in trouble as he moved a step closer to his seventh Grand Slam title.
On Wednesday, Djokovic faces No. 7 Tomas Berdych, who reached his first Wimbledon quarterfinal since he was the runner-up in 2010 by beating Bernard Tomic 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4.
Djokovic’s quarterfinal streak is the longest active streak and third longest in the Open era behind Roger Federer’s 36 and Jimmy Connors’ 27 consecutive appearances in the final eight. Federer’s streak ended when he was upset in the second round last week.
MURRAY ROLLS ON: Reigning U.S. Open champion Andy Murray reached the quarterfinals for the sixth consecutive year, beating 20th-seeded Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-1.
The No. 2-seeded Murray is trying to become the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the title at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament.
Murray was the runner-up to Federer at Wimbledon last year, then defeated Federer a month later to win a London Olympics gold medal at the All England Club.
STEPHENS STANDS ALONE: Sloane Stephens reached her second Grand Slam quarterfinal of the year, beating 19-year-old Monica Puig 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.
The 17th-seeded Stephens is the last American singles player left at the grass-court tournament.
She finished her 2-hour, 4-minute victory shortly after defending champion Serena Williams’ 34-match winning streak ended with a three-set loss to Sabine Lisicki.
For the first time in 101 years, no men representing the U.S. even made it to Wimbledon’s third round.