World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was happy with the way he performed against top-ranked Hungarian tennis player Marton Fucsovics at Wimbledon. Djokovic, seeded at No. 1, handed a 6-3 6-4 6-4 loss to Fucsovics to claim his 100th grass-court win and make the Wimbledon semifinal.
Djokovic started the match with a 5-0 lead but Fucsovics then won three consecutive breaks to reduce the deficit to 5-3. However, Djokovic served out for the opener in the ninth game. Djokovic then claimed one break of serve in each of the following two sets to book a straight set.
“It was a solid performance and I started off really well, particularly in the first five games of the set,” said Djokovic. “One break of serve in the second and third sets was enough today and I’d like to give credit to Marton for fighting so hard”.
Fucsovics also gave credit to Djokovic
“He started very well [and] he played well during the whole match,” said Fucsovics. “I had to find the rhythm. I had to find my serve. It was a bit windy during the match [and] I had to get used to it”.
Next up for Djokovic will be Denis Shapovalov, who beat Karen Khachanov in five sets. “It was definitely super tough, especially in the fifth set, having 0/40 and not converting. Then having the craziest game of my life, being able to win that was massive,” Shapovalov said.
“I was in a similar position at the US Open last year in the quarter-finals, and I thought I started the fifth set a little slow, so I told myself just play every single point as hard as you can, and a bit of luck was on my side.
“He [Djokovic] is the best player in the world, but when you look at the scoreboard, the first thing on Friday, it is going to be level. I have full belief in me and my team, anything is possible”.