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10.07.2024 09:35

Novak Djokovic booked his place in the semi-finals of the tennis Grand Slam tournament at Wimbledon without a fight on Wednesday. The 37-year-old Serb benefited from the withdrawal of ninth-ranked Australian Alex de Minaur. The 25-year-old ninth seed had to withdraw due to a hip injury, which he had already suffered in the last 16 of the grass court classic against Frenchman Arthur Fils on Monday.

"Of course, that's not an announcement I really wanted to make. I'm devastated," said De Minaur. He is expected to be out for three to six weeks. If he had continued to play, there would have been a high risk of a much longer absence. A start at the Olympic Games in Paris, which begin at the end of July, is therefore very unlikely for De Minaur. He must therefore continue to wait for his first Major semi-final. In his previous quarter-final attempts, he lost to Dominic Thiem at the US Open in 2020 and to Alexander Zverev at the French Open this year.

Federer mark equaled
Djokovic, on the other hand, is in the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the 13th time. The record Grand Slam champion thus equaled a record set by the Swiss Roger Federer. With a further and then eighth triumph at the grass-court highlight in south-west London, the Serb could also equal Federer in the number of Wimbledon tournament victories. For the time being, the battle for a place in the final will be against the American Taylor Fritz or the Italian Lorenzo Musetti on Friday. In the other semi-final, the Spanish defending champion Carlos Alcaraz and the former Russian US Open winner Daniil Medvedev will compete.

Alex de Minaur (Bild: AFP)
Alex de Minaur

In the women's singles, Kazakhstan's Yelena Rybakina is two wins away from her second Wimbledon triumph. The world number four dominated in her 6:3, 6:2 victory over Ukraine's Yelina Svitolina in the quarter-finals to reach the semi-finals. Her success was secured after just 61 minutes. Rybakina will face Barbora Krejcikova in the final round on Thursday. The Czech won the duel between two former French Open winners 6:4, 7:6 (4) against Jelena Ostapenko from Latvia.

Novak Djokovic (Bild: AP)
Novak Djokovic

Rybakina had won the title at Wimbledon in 2022 and celebrated her only Grand Slam success to date. She has only dropped one set so far in this year's tournament. In the other semi-final, Italian French Open finalist Jasmine Paolini and Croatian Donna Vekic will play for a place in the final on Saturday.

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