The Serb can therefore still hunt for his seventh title on the sacred grass, which would put him on a level with his idol Pete Sampras. In addition, he still has a chance to win 21 Grand Slam titles. With that he would narrow the gap with Rafael Nadal: 21 to 22. But it is not yet that far.
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The first set was remarkable. Djokovic played his opponent from pillar to post in the first six games. However, with a 4-1 lead, he failed to make it 5-1. Instead it became 4-2 and not much later it was suddenly 4-4. Sinner suddenly hit the balls from all sides and nole didn’t know where to look for it.
In fact, at 5-5 the Serb was broken and so the Italian was able to serve for the win in the first set. At his first set point it still went wrong, but not at the second: 7-5 for Sinner. It doesn’t happen often that Djokovic gives away the set after such a lead. He also moved and served quite moderately.
Jannik Sinner pulled out all the stops.
Sinner was playing the game of his life at the time. In the second set he was not impressed by the ambiance or by the six-time winner and defending champion. Djokovic broke on his pink cloud early in the second set. The Serbian number 3 in the world also choked a few times due to his mediocre drop shots, where Sinner was always on time.
Sinner went on to make it 4-2. At breaking point against, Djokovic hit an incredible ball of luck through the net. He got off very well there. A breaking point later, the break was still there: 5-2 and the Italian was able to take a 2-0 lead in sets on his own service and that too. Stunt in the making at Wimbledon?
In any case, outside the first five games of the match, Djokovic had not been himself at all. Djoko decided to go to the dressing room after the second set and at least came out better. For example, he got a breakpoint on Sinner’s service, but did not cash it in.
A little later and Djoko suddenly led 4-1 and started playing the crowd. He was already 25 (!) matches unbeaten at Wimbledon and wanted to keep it that way. He maintained that level and not much later it was 6-2 in the third set. Djokovic was himself again and Sinner had to experience that, because immediately he was broken again. The number 1 seeded Djokovic suddenly had time on track due to his exceptional qualities and Sinner had to watch as confidence grew.
At 5-2 it suddenly seemed to go wrong with the Italian. He stumbled and Djokovic went to look quickly, because Sinner screamed. He was able to continue, but the set was almost lost: 6-2 and therefore a decisive fifth set.
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The calculation could be made: Djokovic was just going to finish this. With a sublime game he put Sinner aside in set 5 and it was 6-2 quickly. Game, set and match and yet another deep bow to him.
Semi-final against Norrie
Djokovic learned later on Tuesday that Cameron Norrie will be his opponent in the semi-finals. Norrie is in the semifinals of a grand slam tournament for the first time in his career. The 26-year-old Briton achieved that feat in front of his own audience at Wimbledon. In an exciting match that lasted 3.5 hours, he defeated the Belgian David Goffin in five sets: 3-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Norrie and Djokovic will play their semifinals on Friday. Norrie is the first Briton since Andy Murray in 2016 to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon. “I now have to think back to all the hard work and sacrifices I’ve had to make. It certainly paid off,” said Norrie, who is looking forward to meeting Djokovic. “I think I’m in shock when I win a game like this.”
Cameron Norrie celebrates his victory with the crowd
Global number 103 Maria (34) to semifinals
The German Tatjana Maria, the global number 103, has surprisingly secured a place in the semi-finals at Wimbledon. In the last eight, she was 4-6 6-2 7-5 too strong for her compatriot Jule Niemeier (22), the number 97 in the world.
The 34-year-old Maria only reached the second round of a grand slam once in her career. She has already lost in the opening round of the last eight Grand Slam tournaments she has played.
The semi-final is a fact for Ons Jabeur
“I have goosebumps everywhere. Today we made Germany very proud. About a year ago I was still recovering from childbirth”, said Maria, shortly after she had used her first match point after 2 hours and 18 minutes. “It’s a dream that I can experience this with my two daughters.” Niemeier ended the game on Court 1 with a volley into the net.
Maria will face Ons Jabeur from Tunisia in the semifinals. She won on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Czech Marie Bouzkova. After a weak first set, Jabeur won the match convincingly: 3-6 6-1 6-1. Jabeur has never reached the semifinals of a grand slam tournament before. The tennis star stranded in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last year and she also reached the last eight at the Australian Open in 2020.
“I’m very happy to be in the semifinals of a grand slam tournament for the first time, especially because it’s happening at Wimbledon, the tournament I love so much,” said 27-year-old Jabeur, who is the fourth African player to join the tournament. last four in a grand slam tournament. The South African tennis players Annette du Plooy (Roland Garros in 1968), Yvonne Vermaak (Wimbledon in 1983) and Amanda Coetzer (Australian Open in 1996 and 1997 and Roland Garros in 1997) preceded her.