Djokovic is a 'deadly spider', says the opponent's coach

LONDON: Playing Novak Djokovic It's like facing an eight-legged killer spider that can reach everything you throw in its path. This is what the coach of his team says. Wimbledon opponent of quarterfinals David goffin .

The defending champion and the world number one will face Belgium's Goffin in the Central Court on Wednesday for a place in the semifinals.

The coach of goffin Thomas Johansson He said he had a game plan to drag Djokovic out of his comfort zone.

It is almost impossible to find any weakness in his game, said the 2002 Australian Open champion on Djokovic.

It does not have a great service, but it is very, very accurate. From the baseline is a wall.

I remember hitting him many years ago; It's like hitting a spider. It feels like everything is coming back.

You really have to try to put him in uncomfortable positions on the court; otherwise, it will kill you.

Goffin, 28, has matched his best-ever performance at the Grand Slams by reaching his first Wimbledon quarter-final.

Four-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic, 32, has a 5-1 record over Goffin - but the Belgian won his last encounter, on clay in the Monte Carlo quarter-finals in 2017.

It is very important that David has hit him once. Most of the guys have never done it, Johansson said.

Novak is the guy to beat here. You can talk about Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer But he is the defending champion.

We are the weakest, and we like it.

Johansson, 44, has been working with Goffin on tactics to contain Djokovic, that is, a much improved slice and bringing the seed closer to the net.

We will try to find a good solution because meeting him is not an option, said the Swede.

Goffin is only the fifth Belgian man in history to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals - and, along with Xavier Malisse in 2002, the only one to do so since 1924.

Malisse, 38, said the odds were very favorable for Djokovic, but Goffin could still surprise.

It will be difficult. Everyone knows, including him, said the former number 19 in the world.

But it's a match. If he's in good shape and Djokovic is a little off, he gets a little stressed or nervous, that can change things.

It's around 60 to 65 percent in favor of Djokovic.

Goffin's route to the last eight has seen him knock out Bradley Klahn, Jeremy Chardy, 11th seed Daniil Medvedev and Fernando Verdasco.

Kim Clijsters of Belgium, a two-time Grand Slam champion, said his compatriot had been playing better than ever.

It's very exciting, said the 36-year-old retiree.

You have nothing to lose. It has been fun to watch him do it well, to see him be more emotionally extroverted and to show his fighting spirit.