New day, new milestone for Novak Djokovic. The 36-year-old Serbian won 33H consecutive matches at Wimbledon and is now two wins down after going 24 winsH Grand Slam title and his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title after defeating Andrei Rublev (7H) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.
So he qualifies for his 46H In the major semifinals, he tied Roger Federer for the most semifinals of all time. Djokovic has won 44 consecutive matches on Center Court and hasn’t lost there since the 2013 final against Andy Murray a decade earlier.
“There were exciting rallies,” Djokovic said on the court. “Andrej is a man I respect a lot.” “He obviously brings a lot of power to the court.” He snarls after his shots, especially on his forehand. It’s a bit scary, the ball comes from the corner and also the noise. »
Second seed Djokovic has two days off before facing Italian Jannik Siner (8H) in the semi-finals on Friday. At 21, Jannik Sinner qualified for his first major semi-final by defeating Roman Sviolin in four sets (6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2).
It will be a rematch of last year’s quarter-final, which Djokovic won in five sets after trailing 2-0. Djokovic had won his seventh, fourth consecutive and 21st WimbledonH headline.
“Numbers, thank you for bringing it up, but it’s just numbers,” Djokovic said. “At the end of the day, I don’t like numbers, especially during a tournament. I don’t like spending a lot of time thinking about stats and results.”
“It’s a tournament that’s still active for me, and I’m still participating in it, like all the other players. That’s all I can think about now, I’m concentrating on the next game. I know it’s going to get harder and harder. But I like the way I played today, the energy too. So I hope to get another win in a few days.”
Overall, Djokovic is now nine wins away from his first Grand Slam tournament since Rod Laver did it for the second time in 1969. Two years ago, he won his first three Grand Slams of the season before losing in the US Open final to Danielle. Medvedev.
Facing Rublev, Djokovic won again after dropping the first set, which he has done 46 times in major tournaments.
In the fourth set, he made a decisive early break to take a 2-1 lead, then held a 3-1 advantage.
He then concluded by breaking Rublev in the ninth game of the fourth set. Djokovic hit a backhand to put Rublev up 0-40 on serve and then won it with a backhand that Rublev tried to catch before falling to the floor.
In the other quarter-finals on Wednesday, Carlos Alcaraz, the No. 1 seed and US Open champion, will meet Holger Rohn (6H) in Fighting New Generation Superstars, while Daniil Medivv (3H) faces American Chris Eubanks, who reached the quarter-finals on his Wimbledon debut. Of course, Djokovic is still the favourite.
“I think every tennis player wants to be in a position where everyone wants to win against them on the court. It’s a privilege, as Billie Jean King said,” he said. “Pushing is part of our sport, it’s part of what we do, and it’s never going away, no matter what. The number of matches you have won and the number of years you have been a professional player. »
“The pressure is the most important every time I step onto the court, especially here on Center Court at Wimbledon, but at the same time it awakens the most beautiful feelings in me, it motivates me beyond what I have always dreamed of and it inspires me to play my best tennis.”
Translated article from the American magazine Forbes – Author: Adam Zagoria
<< لقراءة أيضًا: نوفاك ديوكوفيتش في قمة التنس العالمي: الشخصيات العشر الرئيسية التي تتحدث عن هيمنته! >>>