Novak Djokovic beat Andrey Rublev to claim Wimbledon semi-final place

This year’s Wimbledon favourite Novak Djokovic trailed for the first time, but he came back aggressively to defeat Andrey Rublev 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-3 and advance to the semi-finals.

Rublev played some incredible tennis that would have defeated almost any other player in the world. But that wasn’t enough to keep Djokovic, 36, from reaching his 46th Grand Slam semi-final.

Djokovic, the second seed, will play Italian Jannik Sinner in his 12th Wimbledon semi-final after Sinner defeated Roman Safiullin earlier on Tuesday.

When Rublev broke serve in the eighth game with a few forehands and held serve due to a Djokovic error to win the first set, it appeared like a first Grand Slam quarter-final triumph at the eighth try attempt was possible, even against a guy who hadn’t lost on Centre Court in a decade.

However, Djokovic quickly reasserted his dominance, racing through a one-sided second set.

The Serbian was in command after breaking serve early in the third set, however, Rublev did not give up and Djokovic was pushed to his elastic-limbed limits when serving at 5-4, fending off three break points and needing five set points in a sensational game to move within a set of his 33rd consecutive Wimbledon victory.

Shortly after being deflated, the 25-year-old Rublev fell 3-1 down in the fourth set, and there was no way back as Djokovic won his 400th Grand Slam match, a milestone reached only by Federer and Serena Williams.



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