Novak Djokovic surpassed Nadal to win the French Open last month at Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal’s favorite venue. Won 23rd Grand Slam. Now that he wants to take himself out of everyone’s grasp, it is clear with his performance. Joko claims that he is ahead in the Wimbledon title race.
Last night, Djokovic reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon by defeating Andrei Rublev of Russia 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3. Who has a habit of kissing Grand Slam trophies, what is the semi-final for him! It would have been incredible if the 36-year-old tennis legend didn’t make it to the last four. However, this match has been discussed so much because of Djokovic’s self-deprecation by touching Roger Federer.
With yesterday’s victory, Djokovic has reached the semifinals for the fifth time in a row and 12 times in total at Wimbledon. And in the Grand Slam, Federer has shared the record of reaching the last four 46 times. But maybe not satisfied with that, wants to touch Federer’s maximum 8 Wimbledon wins.
Djokovic, who has lifted the trophy 7 times so far at the All England Club in London, said, ‘It may sound arrogant. But I consider myself the favorite. Here are the last four titles won. If you judge your career based on results, there is no reason not to win this time too.
Djokovic hit another milestone on the court yesterday. The match against Rublev was the 400th of his Grand Slam career. The Russian has also created a record of being unbeaten for a decade on the center court by defeating his opponent. Everyone wants to beat him, the Serbian superstar enjoys it, ‘Any player wants to rise to the heights that others want to beat. Every time I step on the court, I am under pressure. They want to defeat me, want to win. But I don’t let it happen. I love it (the challenge).’
Rublev, who is seventh in the ATP ranking, reached the quarterfinals of the Grand Slam 8 times and lost every time. He praised Djokovic more than finding his own fault, saying, ‘I created some chances.’ But I couldn’t. He made it. That is why he is Novak (Djokovic), one of the best players in history.’
As confident as Djokovic is, winning a 24th Grand Slam won’t be easy. Number one ranked star Carlos Alcaraz and number three Daniil Medvedev are also doing well in the fight. After 20 years, Alcaraz has already shown his ability by writing his name at Wimbledon as the top seed outside the three stars of tennis (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic).
Alcaraz-Medvedev will meet in the semi-finals if they win the third and fourth quarter-finals today. If an overconfident Djokovic gets into the final now, his opponent could be either Alcaraz or Medvedev.