Novak Djokovic Advances to Wimbledon Semifinals for Fifth Consecutive Time
Now any accomplishment by Djokovic is historic. Djokovic himself knows that all his opponents try their best to defeat him. After winning the quarterfinals yesterday, the Serbian star stated, "I know they all want to beat me badly, but it hasn't happened yet."
In the quarterfinals, Djokovic took some time to regain his form. He lost the first set, and it seemed like Rublev would not let Djokovic settle on the court. In the ninth game, Rublev broke Djokovic's serve. However, Djokovic didn't let the setback affect him and went on to win the set in just 45 minutes. Rublev couldn't respond to Djokovic's winner and failed to break in the second set.
Rublev created pressure on Djokovic by winning the first set yesterday. The Serbian fans were worried. However, Djokovic quickly turned the tables in the second set. With his powerful serve and backhand, he kept putting his opponent under pressure. He tested Rublev in every set and pushed himself to the limit. Although the match seemed tough at the beginning, Djokovic emerged victorious after playing for 2 hours and 47 minutes.
After the match, Djokovic praised his opponent, saying, "Rublev played great tennis." Earlier this year, Djokovic easily defeated Rublev at the Australian Open.
Tomorrow, Djokovic will take on Italy's Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon semifinals. Djokovic has already indicated that it will be a challenging match, stating, "Berrettini likes playing on grass courts. He prefers faster courts because aggressive tennis suits his strengths."
Djokovic's opponent in the semifinals has also praised him. In his own words, "He is a complete player. In the Wimbledon semifinals, he has risen to the occasion like never before. I am ready to face him on the court. I am certain that Berrettini will also come with enough inspiration. On the other hand, my inspiration is not lacking."