Novak Djokovic affirmed Denis Shapovalov in the demi final – .

Novak Djokovic affirmed Denis Shapovalov in the demi final – .

Djokovic is in his 10th men’s semi-final at Wimbledon, only Roger Federer (13) and Jimmy Connors (11) have reached more
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Defending champion Novak Djokovic had too many qualities for Hungarian Marton Fucsovics as he reached the Wimbledon semi-finals with a focused performance.

Djokovic, 34, was far from his best, but still won 6-3 6-4 6-4 over Fucsovics, 29, who was playing his first Grand Slam quarter-final.

The Serbian will face 10th Canadian seed Denis Shapovalov on Friday, who beat 25th Russian seed Karen Khachanov.

Djokovic is now two wins away from a record 20th men’s major.

After winning the Australian Open and French Open titles already this year, another triumph at the All England Club means he will equal the tally held jointly by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

With Nadal not playing SW19 this year, Federer could get ahead of the Spaniard – and two ahead of Djokovic – if he triumphs for a record ninth time on Sunday.

The sixth seed from Switzerland, who turns 40 next month, followed Djokovic onto center court for his quarter-final against Pole Hubert Hurkacz.

Content of Djokovic after a “solid” victory

Five-time champion Djokovic lost just one set en route to the Wimbledon semi-finals and never looked like losing one to world number 48 Fucsovics.

This was despite the Serbian playing less cleanly and with less confidence than in his previous four wins.

Djokovic looked tense throughout a victory that lasted two hours and 17 minutes, only clearing up after scoring the win on his first match point.

On a breezy central court, Djokovic got off to a superb start, taking a 5-0 lead and creating his first set point with just 22 minutes on the clock.

Still, it took him five more set points – and 20 minutes – to seal the opener.

Fucsovics, who had won just one main draw match at Wimbledon before this year, dug deeper and started offering more resistance.

A crucial moment break for a 5-4 lead proved the difference in the second set, with Djokovic taking the Hungarian’s serve in the opening game of the third set.

It was not all easy, however. Djokovic had to eliminate four break points in the set before securing the victory when Fucsovics hit a long first serve.

“It was a solid performance,” said Djokovic, who recorded his 100th career victory on a grass pitch.

“I started extremely well, there weren’t too many problems in the first six games.

“Then a break of service in the second and third sets was enough. Thanks to Marton for holding on. “


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