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Wimbledon: Djokovic into semifinals without a fight – de Minaur injured

Wimbledon: Djokovic into semifinals without a fight – de Minaur injured
Wimbledon: Djokovic into semifinals without a fight – de Minaur injured

Tennis star Novak Djokovic is saving his energy for his semi-final and doesn’t even have to go on the court in the quarter-final. He’s still two steps away from the next Wimbledon title.

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic is in the semifinals at Wimbledon without a fight. The 37-year-old record Grand Slam winner does not have to compete in his quarterfinal against Alex de Minaur because the Australian withdrew from the important grass-court Grand Slam tournament due to a hip injury.

“Of course, this is not an announcement that I necessarily wanted to make. I am devastated,” said the world number nine. He suffered the injury at the end of the round of 16 match against Frenchman Arthur Fils, the 25-year-old said just hours before he was supposed to play against Djokovic.

De Minaur reported that he would probably be out for three to six weeks and that he would risk a much longer break if he played another match. It is therefore very unlikely that de Minaur will compete in the Olympic Games in Paris, which begin at the end of July.

Djokovic aims for eighth Wimbledon title

Djokovic has thus reached his 13th Wimbledon semi-final, equalling a record held by Swiss Roger Federer. With another and eighth triumph at the grass court classic in southwest London, the Serb could also draw level with Federer in the number of Wimbledon tournament victories.

In Friday’s semifinal, Djokovic will face the winner of the quarterfinal between the American Taylor Fritz and the Italian Lorenzo Musetti. The other semifinal will see the Spanish defending champion Carlos Alcaraz face the former US Open winner Daniil Medvedev from Russia.

There were doubts surrounding Djokovic at the start of the tournament. Only a month ago, the winner of 24 Grand Slam tournaments had knee surgery after injuring himself at the French Open. He is now two wins away from his 25th Grand Slam title.

Source: Stern

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