Novak Djokovic enters Wimbledon "Club 70" with Federer, Connors and Becker


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Novak Djokovic enters Wimbledon "Club 70" with Federer, Connors and Becker

World no. 1 Novak Djokovic has secured a spot in the semi-final at Wimbledon after ousting David Goffin 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 in an hour and 56 minutes. The Serb has celebrated the milestone 70th victory at the All England Club, matching Roger Federer, Jimmy Connors and Boris Becker who did that before him.

After a slow start, Djokovic took charge and dominated in the rest of the clash, fending off five out of six break points and taking half of the return points for six breaks from nine opportunities. They both had more winners than unforced errors although it was the Serb who controlled the scoreboard, hitting with depth and precision that left Goffin without a proper answer, especially in sets two and three.

Perfectly opening the court, beautifully, Novak forced David to run as much as possible, driving him away from the comfort zone and always pushing the Belgian to play an extra shot and choose a riskier approach. Making the third round on debut in 2005 just after turning 18, Novak was the semi-finalist two years later and again in 2010, still waiting to appear in the first Wimbledon final.

He did that the next year in grand style, defeating the defending champion Rafael Nadal for the first Major crown at the All England Club, losing in the semi-final and the final in 2012 and 2013 before going all the way in the next two years, toppling Roger Federer in both finals to stand on three Wimbledon crowns.

After two exits before the semis, Novak was back at his best last year, going all the way from outside the top-20 to lift the fourth title and add more wins to his tally, counting to 70 with this victory over Goffin and having a chance to equal with Boris Becker if he beats Roberto Bautista Agut in the semi-final on Friday.

Jimmy Connors scored 84 victories at Wimbledon while Roger Federer stands alone with 100, delivering that milestone triumph against Kei Nishikori and becoming the first competitor with that many wins at a single Major. Wimbledon is the first Grand Slam tournament for Novak with 70 successes, standing firm to repeat that in New York, Melbourne and Paris as well the next time he appears at these events.