Wimbledon - Djokovic moves to the semi-finals - Sport
Record champion Federer withstands the pressure of the Japanese Kei Nishikori - now it comes to a duel with his permanent rivals. Novak Djokovic shines in the quarter-finals after starting difficulties.
The Swiss Roger Federer won his quarter-final after a setback with 4: 6, 6: 1, 6: 4, 6: 4 against the Japanese Kei Nishikori. It was Federer's hundredth Wimbledon victory. Thus, the 37-year-old moved into the semifinals. "It was difficult, the beginning was brutal, it was important for me to take the lead in the second set," said Federer after the game. In the semi-final, the eight-time Wimbledon champion meets his Spanish rival Rafael Nadal, who won his first knockout round against American Sam Querrey 7: 5, 6: 2 and 6: 2.
Previously, defending champion Novak Djokovic was drafted for the ninth time in the Wimbledon semi-finals with a tennis gala. The 32-year-old made the world ranking 23 on Wednesday in the quarterfinals. David Goffin from Belgium 6: 4, 6: 0, 6: 2 from. After only 1:56 hours, Djokovic used his first match ball and ended the one-sided event at London's famous Center Court from the end of the first set.
In the semifinals, the top seed is also thanks to the draw a fellow favorites out of the way. In this form, on Friday, the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat Guido Pella (Argentina) with 7: 5, 6: 4, 3: 6, 6: 3, should not be able to stop on the way to the final. The Serbian tennis professional aims for his 15th participation in the grass Grand Slam tournament to the fifth title. "He started very well, he dictated the game from the baseline and I am very pleased with the second and third sets," said Djokovic when leaving the court.
Only until winning the first set Djokovic had to work hard against the finalists of Halle and former top ten player Goffin. In the beginning, Boris Becker, as well as the former protégé, forced a nimble Belgians into exciting rallies and secured the first break for 4: 3. Then the 15-time Grand Slam winner rolled over his opponent.
Djokovic wins ten games in a row
The residue seemed like a wake-up call on Djokovic to act, Goffin lost his security at the same time. Thus, the world ranking first turned away not only the threat of sentence loss, he won ten games in a row - a remarkable series, especially in men's tennis on the fast green ground.
Only to 1: 1 in the third set shone under the encouraging applause of the audience again a game win for Goffin on the scoreboard. In the end, the 28-year-old Belgian was just a challenger who did not seriously endanger the currently best tennis pro on the scene. As the US Open winner, Australian Open winner and Roland Garros semi-finalist, Djokovic takes a different turn this time than twelve months ago. At that time, the Serb had suffered a lengthy arm injury and motivation problems, then triumphed a little unexpectedly for the fourth time after 2011, 2014 and 2015 at Wimbledon. With another success on Friday, he is back in the final.
Off for Williams / Murray
In Mixed Serena Williams and Andy Murray were eliminated in the second round. The duo defeated the ranked Nicole Melichar and Bruno Soares from the USA and Brazil 3: 6, 6: 4, 2: 6. Two rounds had won the two former world ranking first.
That two-time Wimbledon champion Murray's comeback in London, together with the 37-year-old Serena Williams at his home Grand Slam starts, had caused a lot of attention. The 32-year-old Scot had dreaded the continuation of his career at the end of January, before he overcame his hip problems thanks to an operation.
The Mixed-off ends Murray's Wimbledon return after two years of abstinence. In double, the two-time Olympic champion had lost with the Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert already in the second round. For a speedy return in singles, the three-time Grand Slam winner has little hope. It was "unlikely" that he was fit enough in time for the US Open, Murray had said. The World Ranking Tenth Williams is in the women's singles on Thursday as favorite in the semifinals against the Czech Barbora Strycova.