Former world number one Novak Djokovic showed glimpses of his old self as he thrashed second seed Grigor Dimitrov in two straight sets to secure his berth in the quarterfinals at the Fever-Tree Championship at Queens.
Djokovic defeated Bulgarian Dimitrov 6-4, 6-1 in their last 16 clash.
The Serbian had struggled for form for the better part of the last six months since his return from an elbow injury.
However, Djokovic might just be turning the corner if his performance against the world number five is anything to go by.
He will now face Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the quarters after his 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 win over compatriot Julian Benneteau in their last 16 clash.
Speaking after his victory over Dimitrov, Djokovic stressed the importance of the win.
He said: “It was an important match for me today for various reasons.”
“Obviously I didn’t win too many big matches in the last 12 months.
“I’m still kind of finding my form.
“This was a great test playing against one of the top players of the world, a player that I guess prefers this surface the most.
“It was just a great challenge that I was looking forward to. I was very focused
“I was very determined to play my best, especially after a great performance in the first round and managed to deliver.” He added.
Speaking further, Djokovic said: “I broke the resistance in that 10th game of the first set.”
“He made a couple of crucial double faults that obviously allowed me to get ahead, but I thought I was just making him play always in big moments and served well when I needed to.
“So it was a very good performance.” He concluded.