The Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic advanced to the semi-finals by defeating Andrey Rublev’s challenge, while Ukrainian wildcard Elina Svitolina eliminated world No. 1 Iga Swiatek to continue her incredible run at the Championships. After dropping the first set against Rublev, Djokovic showed great resiliency to win the match with an exciting score of 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-3.
Novak Djokovic astonishing performance continues
Serbian player Djokovic, 36, is aiming to win his 24th major championship. He beat Rafael Nadal to No. 23 in the French Open last month, breaking the men’s record in that category. Novak Djokovic is fully aware that every opponent he encounters would do anything to stop him as he pursues more historic triumphs and milestones. They want to win, I know that. But it still isn’t happening,” he told the Wimbledon fans on Tuesday after tying Roger Federer’s record for men by making his 46th Grand Slam. Semifinal. When Djokovic heard the overwhelming applause from the audience in response to such statement, he laughed and said of himself, “Very humble.”
Djokovic hasn’t suffered a defeat on Centre Court since the 2013 final, and he has a chance this week to tie Roger Federer with eight Wimbledon victories. At The All-England Club, Djokovic has won 33 consecutive games dating back to his quarterfinal retirement in 2017. Djokovic last dropped a full match at Wimbledon in 2016, when he was defeated by Sam Querrey in the third round.
With the victory, Djokovic moved even with Roger Federer in the race for a record-tying eighth Wimbledon victory. Djokovic’s victory on Tuesday was significant because it brought him even with Federer’s record of 46 appearances in men’s singles Grand Slam semifinals during the Open Era. With 38 such performances, Rafael Nadal is in second place. Only Federer (13) is in front of him with 12 of those coming from Wimbledon.
Roman Safiullin recently discussed the difficulties he encountered when competing against Novak Djokovic, highlighting the Serbian player’s mental toughness and unrelenting style of play. “I think in my head. The only word that comes to me is this. He has a distinct degree of mentality. You have to play at a constant 120% to 150% if you want to beat him. You must be there if you need to play five sets. If you fall 5% short, he will take you.
Novak Djokovic to face Sinner in Semi-finals
The 2nd rank Novak Djokovic will square off with eighth seed Jannik Sinner on Friday in Wimbledon. Sinner won the Open 13 in Montpellier, where he defeated Maxime Cressy in the championship match, for his lone victory in 2023. He also advanced to the Italian Open semifinals, the Monte-Carlo Masters final, and the Miami Open final.
The No. 8 seed Jannik Sinner, who defeated Roman Safiullin 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 earlier Tuesday to advance to the semifinals at a major tournament, will be Djokovic’s opponent in the following round. In their two prior confrontations, Djokovic had prevailed over Sinner, a 21-year-old Italian. This includes the Wimbledon quarterfinals from a year ago, where Djokovic lost the opening two sets before winning in five.