Djokovic rallies from a set down against Rublev to move within two wins of Federer
Before the start of this year’s Wimbledon, the recurring question was who could stop Novak Djokovic in his bid to retain his crown?
Five brave men have already tried and none of them have succeeded. Both Hubert Hurkacz (round of 16) and Andrey Rublev (quarter-finals) stole a set from the Serb but little else.
Rublev was the last to fall this Tuesday at the hands of Djokovic, with a score of 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.
The Russian struck first, but his opponent did not even flinch. He reacted as only 22-time Grand Slam champions do.
Novak, who in the previous round became a centenarian in matches at Wimbledon, today reached 400 matches in Grand Slams.
Only Roger Federer (429) and Serena Williams (419) had previously reached that figure.
Following his victory, the Serb now tightens the siege around Roger’s records. Djokovic will equal him with eight Wimbledon titles on the grass of the All-England Club if crowned this Sunday.
He has now finished in the top four 12 times at the British tennis tournament and 46 times in total at the majors, tying Federer’s record.
In the semi-final awaits Jannik Sinner, eighth seed of the draw and that has given good account of Roman Safiullin, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
The Italian has lost to Djokovic in the two previous meetings between the two.
One of them was precisely in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon 2022 where Jannik lost a two-sets-to-nothing lead to the eventual winner of the tournament.
The two players will now have two days off to prepare for the train clash on Friday.
The semi-finalists in the top half of the draw, which includes Carlos Alcaraz, Holger Rune, Daniil Medvedev and Christopher Eubanks, will have one day less.
Rublev, coached by Spaniards Fernando Vicente and Beto Martin, has yet to reach the semi-finals of a major after eight quarter-final appearances.
Most Grand Slam semi-final appearances
- Novak Djokovic 46
- Roger Federer 46
- Rafael Nadal 38
- Jimmy Connors 31
- Ivan Lendl 28