WIMBLEDON QUARTERFINALS – NOVAK DJOKOVIC ADVANCES TO THE SEMIFINALS AFTER BEATING MARTON FUCSOVICS

 

Novak Djokovic continues to walk around at Wimbledon. First imperial then manager, the Serbian didn’t give himself any trouble on Wednesday against Marton Fucsovics in the quarterfinals (6-3, 6-4, 6-4).

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Even though he was inconsistent, the world’s No. 1 player was able to dispatch the match in three sets, closing the game at the right moments and taking advantage of his opponents’ mistakes. His quest for a “Golden Grand Slam”, i.e. winning all four Grand Slams in a single season, now includes a semifinal match against left-hander Denis Shapovalov, who defeated Karen Khachanov after a superb five-set battle next Friday. If the Serb had a cloudless day on Centre Court, it’s also because Marton Fucsovics started the match with fear in his stomach. No doubt stressed by his first quarter in a Grand Slam tournament, the Hungarian with a very clean game and good ball quality drowned in the beginning of the match. Hampered by his opponent’s slice, the 48th-ranked player in the ATP rankings found himself bogged down in long, rhythmic rallies, from which he almost never emerged victorious. Precise and unstoppable, Novak Djokovic quickly led 5-0 and even had two 6-0 points.

 

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But strangely enough, the Serbian machine broke down a bit and the one-man show came to a halt. Although he eventually won the first set (6-3), the world number one started to make more mistakes. Strangely inconsistent in the exchange (23 winners for 30 unforced errors), with many shots hit off balance, the Serb let his opponent give up hope. Suddenly more percussive, Fucsovics regained his composure and proved to be much more dangerous. Too easy for the Serb? Perhaps. But if he opened the door, the Serbian ended up slamming it permanently. And even with a fluctuating level of play, Djoko remains Djoko. After a break at the best of times in the second set (4-4), he accelerated at the beginning of the third act to never let go of the control of the match (6-3, 6-4, 6-4). With this 15th consecutive set win on English grass, Novak Djokovic, who won his 100th match on grass, continues to dream of a 6th title here and a fantastic calendar Grand Slam (not to mention the Olympics). He is the first player since Rod Laver to find himself with two Grand Slams under his belt and in the semifinals of the third. To continue his quest, he will have to face Denis Shapovalov, a novice at this level, but so comfortable on the surface. As is often the case, he will start as the favourite, but the battle will be worth it.

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