He also said the postponement of his last-16 match against Adrian Mannarino, which was pushed a day to Tuesday because of the marathon five-setter in which Gilles Muller beat Rafael Nadal, might have played a role. Having in mind Centre has the roof and lights, we could have played till 11.
He would face four break points and five deuces before holding, and Centre Court erupted, but there was no turning Raonic yet.
He has 18 Grand Slam titles, with Berdych, Querrey and Cilic boasting just one between them - Cilic's victory in the 2014 US Open. Novak Djokovic was scheduled to play his fourth-round match against Adrian Mannarino immediately afterward, but they were unable to because of the lack of daylight. Referee's office was completely indecisive. He further reiterated for the player's consideration and advantage not to prolong a game in the fifth set in preparation for the next day's match which is not good for an athlete. "She's just a tremendous champion, and I feel very, very humbled, and I'm very excited to share the court with her again".
Djokovic, who was twice treated for a shoulder injury during his win over Mannarino, will have just a day to recover before taking on world No 15 and 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych for a place in the semifinals. Berdych being a solid and all around player has leveled up his performance with his big serves while Djokovic is doing his all natural game flow.
"Obviously I was not happy not to play last night", Djokovic continued. "It's unfortunate I had to finish a Grand Slam like this".
During the match I mentioned that there was a hole in the middle of the court, middle of the service line, and he (the umpire) asked me to show him and I did. "The more you play on it, the worse it actually gets, unfortunately, contrary to clay, for example".
The Serb is not the first player at this year's tournament to comment negatively about the quality of the courts but said he understood the hard job facing the groundstaff. And once it did start at midday yesterday, under the Centre Court roof as rain fell outside, Djokovic was soon riled by the state of the grass.
Novak Djokovic admits a long break is on the cards after an elbow injury forced him to retire from his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych. "I guess the break is something that I will have to consider right now", he added.