Novak Djokovic counts to nine Wimbledon semi-final to join Roger Federer


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Novak Djokovic counts to nine Wimbledon semi-final to join Roger Federer

World no. 1 and defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic is through to his eighth semi-final at the All England Club in the previous ten years and the ninth overall, beating David Goffin in straight sets in the quarter-final.

The four-time winner is through to the last four at Wimbledon for the ninth time overall, leaving great Americans Pete Sampras and John McEnroe on eight and becoming the fourth player in the Open era who achieved that, after Roger Federer, Jimmy Connors and Boris Becker.

His former coach stands on nine as well while Jimmy Connors counted to 11 and everlasting Federer to 13, still playing on a high level just before the 38th birthday and joining Novak in the semis final too. Djokovic had beaten Philipp Kohlschreiber, Denis Kudla, Hubert Hurkacz, Ugo Humbert and David Goffin to enter the semi-final 12 years after the first one, reaching the third round in the first Wimbledon trip in 2005 and losing to Nadal in the semis two years later when he was forced to retire due to an injury.

Since 2010, Djokovic has been the most consistent competitor at the All England Club, battling for the semi-final spot in eight out of ten seasons and joining some of the most successful players in the history of this event.

Novak went all the way in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2018 to lift four trophies, secure 70 victories and hit the semi-final nine times in total to add his name alongside Federer, Connors and Becker. Novak will face Roberto Bautista Agut in the battle for the final, hoping to go all the way for the fifth time and continue where he left a year ago when he claimed the title from outside the top-20 as the lowest-ranked player since Goran Ivanisevic in 2001.

This is the 36th Grand Slam semi-final for the Serb, standing second on that list behind Roger Federer who is on 45, playing in seven semi-finals at the Australian Open, nine here at Wimbledon and Roland Garros and 11 at the US Open.