London — Business-like Novak Djokovic threatened to short-change more than 14,000 fans who forked £ 170 ($ 234) for a ticket to Center Court on Wednesday. – 0.
Tracking 0–5 and 15–40 on the serve, Merton Husovich’s first advance to the Grand Slam quarterfinals seemed short and not very sweet.
But for some reason, 29-year-old Djokovic disappeared into Wimbledon’s sinkhole for 2 hours and 17 minutes before winning 6–3 6–4 6–4 and securing his position in the All England Club semifinals. I avoided. 10th time.
Djokovic played in the 50th Grand Slam quarterfinal, scoring a century-long tour-level grass win and a 315th major win.
Such numbers may be impressive, but the only statistic that is really important to Djokovic is the record 20 for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, as well as the chance to be the first man since Rod Laver. His dream of participating in the Grand Slam title was still very alive to complete the calendar slam in 1969.
“I know certain statistics. I have loved this sport with all my heart, body and soul since I was 4 years old,” said the world bidding for the Wimbledon title for the third consecutive year. Number one said. Overall.
“Sometimes things look surreal to me, but I live in that moment and try to take advantage of every opportunity in court. Going to history is a great inspiration for me. Let’s keep going. “
Fuxovich was also chasing history. History was the first Hungarian to advance to the Wimbledon semifinals since 1948 in Jojef Asbos.
As the 29-year-old boy stared at the abyss wiped out on the opening set, not only did a series of sloppy Djokovic errors pass the lifeline to Djokovic, but he unexpectedly won three games in a row. .. Serbian misfire shot.
Djokovic finally won the opening set in his sixth attempt, 23 minutes after holding the first setpoint, when the rushing Hungarian missed a long forehand.
Fuxovich produced some brave shots to hang out with Djokovic up to 4–4 in the second set, even winning a 27-shot baseline rally that smashed the lungs that kept fans on the edge of the seat.
However, the effort to score that single point seemed to have killed Djokovic as Djokovic broke the 5-4 lead two points later.
A protracted roar from Djokovic showed that it was a game over for the Hungarians when Djokovic slammed the service return long to surrender the second set.
“It was a solid performance,” Djokovic summarized.
“I started very well. I didn’t make a lot of mistakes in the first six games. I could win by interrupting the second and third sets of serve once. It was a great tournament for Merton to fight and hang out there. “
In his 41st Grand Slam semifinal, Serbs will face Canada’s 10th seed Denis Shapovalov.
By Pritha Sarkar