On Tuesday, Novak Djokovic put on an exceptional performance to defeat Andrey Rublev in a closely contested match, with a final score of 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-3. This victory secured his spot in the semifinals of Wimbledon.
Rublev, who has not made it to the semifinals of a major tournament, played exceptionally well in the first set. He utilized his powerful serve and strong groundstrokes to gain an early advantage.
Unfortunately, as is a common occurrence when facing the dominant Djokovic, Rublev was unable to sustain the same level of excellence and determination. This allowed Djokovic to easily win the second set.
Rublev regained his momentum and gave Djokovic a tough challenge in the third set. After an intense 15-minute game, the 23-time grand slam champion managed to hold his serve and take a 2-1 lead.
Despite Rublev’s determination, he was unable to regain the same level of play that led him to win the first set. This victory now seems like a distant memory as an early break in the fourth set resulted in another tough loss for the Russian in the quarterfinals of a major tournament.
It is impressive that at 36 years old, Djokovic continues to perform at his peak and has established himself as the clear frontrunner for winning Wimbledon as each round progresses.
Djokovic’s win against Rublev marks his 46th grand slam semifinal appearance, matching Roger Federer’s record. However, the Serbian player maintains that he is not currently focused on breaking records.
“I don’t want to dwell too much on statistics, especially during the tournament. At the end of the day, they’re just numbers,” Djokovic stated during his on-court interview.
“The tournament is currently ongoing and I am still participating, along with other players. This is my main focus at the moment.”
“It will only become more challenging, but I am pleased with my performance today and the energy I brought to the court. Hopefully, I will be able to secure another victory in the coming days,” he stated.
Djokovic’s daughter, Tara, may be the most let down by his win. In an interview with the BBC prior to the quarterfinals, the second-ranked player shared that Rublev is Tara’s preferred athlete due to his headband and passionate playing style.
Djokovic, who now hasn’t lost on Wimbledon’s Center Court for a decade, certainly agrees with his daughter’s analysis of Rublev. “There were some thrilling rallies,” Djokovic said. “He brings a lot of intensity to the court, it’s kind of scary both the ball and the sound coming from the corner.
“He has consistently ranked within the top 10 for several years. I would like to extend my congratulations for his outstanding performance in today’s match and throughout the entire tournament.”
Djokovic’s next opponent will be Jannick Sinner, as he aims to equal Federer’s achievement of five consecutive Wimbledon championships, which is currently shared with Björn Borg. Sinner defeated Roman Safiullin earlier on Tuesday.