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Djokovic into Wimbledon semi-finals as 'devastated' De Minaur pulls out
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Djokovic into Wimbledon semi-finals as 'devastated' De Minaur pulls out

Published by , Wednesday 07/10/24 13:53

Seven-time champion Novak Djokovic reached the Wimbledon semi-finals on Wednesday when "devastated" Alex de Minaur withdrew from their last-eight clash with a hip injury.

Australian ninth seed De Minaur suffered the injury in his fourth-round win over Arthur Fils and admitted Wednesday: "I am devastated to pull out due to a hip injury".

"It's no secret that this would have been the biggest match of my career but it's a unique injury," said the 25-year-old.

"I woke up this morning wanting to feel some sort of miracle, but there was a high risk of making the injury worse if I stepped on court.

"One stretch, one slide could take this from a three to six weeks' injury to four months out. It's just too much to risk."

Djokovic will be playing in his 13th Wimbledon semi-final, equalling the mark of eight-time All England Club champion Roger Federer, and 49th at the Grand Slams.

He will face either Taylor Fritz of the United States or Italy's Lorenzo Musetti for a place in Sunday's championship match.

De Minaur suffered the injury in the closing stages of his four-set win against Fils on Court 1 on Monday. He said he had felt a "loud crack".

As he sat down, he shook his head towards his box, where 2002 Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt, a fellow Australian, and tennis-playing girlfriend Katie Boulter looked on with concern.

De Minaur defeated 24-time Grand Slam title winner Djokovic at the United Cup in Australia earlier this year.

He arrived at Wimbledon having made the quarter-finals at the French Open and with a grass-court title at 's-Hertogenbosh under his belt.

Djokovic becomes only the third man in the Open Era to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon aged 37 or older after Ken Rosewall and Federer.

The Serb has also been under an injury cloud having undergone knee surgery after the French Open.

He has been playing at Wimbledon with protection on his right knee.

Source: AFP

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Come on Carlitos, make it two in a row!
cyberpixie cyberpixie il y a 1 heure
Blooming heck, I've heard that story 100x
Fred Phoesh Fred Phoesh il y a 6 heures
It wasn'l booooooooing.. Those were just the leftovers of Ruuuuuune fans
StAdam StAdam il y a 10 heures
Was it the right call by chair umpire?
Paddy P Paddy P il y a 13 heures
And just as mentioned ,he lost his shit again.
Gezundheit Gezundheit il y a 14 heures
Paolina is no Serena Williams. Her defense is as good as Serena's, maybe even a little better on court coverage. But Serena had a powerful FH and BH and a serve better than some men. Her offense was much better than Paolina's.
SH321 SH321 il y a 1 jour
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What a violin solo concerto for all Muuuuuuuuusetti"s.......lol
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With Novak's miraculous recovery from surgery, I sometimes think, did he actually have surgery or is it another trick, as Novak said he knows all the tricks.
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All faithful Novak followers are invited for his next Sundays violin solo concerto on Central Court
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........and gone! :)
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