Wimbledon: Djokovic advanced without playing and will face Musetti | The Serbian took advantage of De Minaur’s absence and is among the top four

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, world number 2, qualified for the Wimbledon semi-finals without playing due to the withdrawal of Australian Alex de Minaur (9th). His rival in search of a new final will be Italian Lorenzo Musetti, who won a changing duel against American Taylor Fritz in five sets.

In his bid for his eighth Wimbledon, Djokovic did not even have to make a substitution due to the absence of De Minaur. He thus experienced the opposite situation to what happened to him at Roland Garros, when he was unable to appear in the quarter-final against Norwegian Casper Ruud after having suffered a meniscus injury in his match against Argentine Francisco Cerúndolo.

The Australian did not take to the court due to a muscle injury he suffered on match point in his match corresponding to the round of 16, in which he defeated the Frenchman Arthur Fils. At that time, although he had secured his qualification for the quarter-finals, the Oceanian, whose father is Uruguayan and whose mother is Spanish, already suspected that the injury would keep him out of the match against the Serbian.

Djokovic, who won Wimbledon in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022, thus reached the semi-finals of the world’s oldest tournament for the 13th time in his career. He also moved closer to equalling Swiss Roger Federer as the most successful player at the All England Club, with eight victories.

Djokovic’s opponent in the semi-finals will be Musetti (25th), who surprised everyone by eliminating Fritz 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 3-6 and 6-1 in three and a half hours of play. The American had reached the quarter-finals after turning around a great match against the German Alexander Zverev (4th) and seemed to feel that effort, which Musetti, as throughout the entire tournament, did not waste to achieve the best result of his career at Wimbledon.

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