Novak Djokovic hit an absolute rocket of a return on match point at Wimbledon Monday to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in their fourth-round match, and he celebrated like a total boss.
Djokovic was leading 6-5 in a third-set tiebreak with Tsonga serving at ad court. Tsonga stretched Nole out wide with a serve that kicked up to the backhand, and Djokovic reached for it and shot an absolute laser cross-court for the winner. Djokovic then stood with his arms out wide in an Incredible Hulk type pose as he celebrated his victory, but his celebration was premature.
One of the linesmen called the ball in but was overruled by the chair umpire, who called it out. Believing that his shot hit the line, Djokovic challenged. The Hawkeye replay showed the shot clearly caught the line, allowing Nole to celebrate his straight sets victory.
Djokovic will face Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals and appears to be headed for a clash with Andy Murray in the semis. That backhand return is just another reminder of what makes Nole one of the best returners in the game and one of the best since Andre Agassi.
Tip via LBS contributor Gene