Novak Djokovic made a stellar return from an injury in 2018, winning his 13th Major crown at Wimbledon. The defending champion played well at The All England Club a year later, ousting David Goffin 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 in an hour and 56 minutes in the quarter-final.
Thus, Djokovic advanced into his ninth Wimbledon semi-final, becoming the fourth player to achieve that after Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker and Roger Federer. Also, Novak notched his 70th Wimbledon victory, following the mentioned three players on that list.
Djokovic made a slower start but recovered and dominated the rest of the encounter. The Serb fended off five out of six break points and turned half of the return points into six breaks from nine opportunities. Both players had more winners than unforced errors.
However, Novak controlled the scoreboard with deep and precise shots, leaving David without a proper answer. Djokovic opened the court beautifully, using his picture-perfect down the line shots and forcing Goffin to cover every inch of the court to take the point.
Novak Djokovic took down David Goffin in the 2019 Wimbledon quarter-final.
Stronger serve also helped Djokovic kick off the rallies on his terms, crumbling the rival's resistance with a steady pace that proved too much for David.
The Belgian looked like a man on a mission in the first seven games. He served well and kept the pressure on Novak after overpowering him in the baseline rallies. Djokovic fended off two break points in the third game before losing serve in game seven after Goffin's well-constructed attack.
Like a true champion, Novak broke back with a volley winner in the next game, returning to the positive side and breaking the rival's resistance for the rest of the encounter! Djokovic held at 15 with an ace in game nine to grab a lead and sealed the set with a break in game ten after Goffin's backhand error for 6-4 in 48 minutes.
As was expected, the momentum was on the side of the defending champion. Novak lost only 13 points in the second set, delivering a bagel to increase the advantage and stay on the winning course. Goffin took only four points on the return in three games.
David could not do anything to impose his shots and move Novak from his comfort zone, suffering three breaks to drift further away from the finish line. Djokovic saved all three break points in the third set and broke Goffin in the fourth game after the Belgian's double fault.
The Serb opened a 5-2 advantage with a backhand down the line winner and sealed the deal with another break in game eight to sail into the last four.