Novak Djokovic advances to semifinals

Wednesday is men’s quarterfinals day at Wimbledon. We’ll see Wimbledon legend Roger Federer, surging after a strategic withdrawal from the French Open, and Novak Djokovic, hunting for a win to get closer to completing the third leg of his Golden Slam journey. 

Will unseeded upstart Marton Fucsovics be able to take down the seemingly invincible Djokovic? Will Federer be able to continue his roll? And what will we see from Matteo Berrettini, the face of the new movement of Italian men’s tennis? Check back here for all the results. 

Djokovic overcomes Fucsovics

It was no surprise that No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat unseeded Hungarian Marton Fuscovics to reach the semifinals. Djokovic wins now feel inevitable, but the 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 score doesn’t tell the whole story of the match. Fuscovics went from looking entirely overwhelmed to hanging in there with the best there is. 

When the match began, it looked like Djokovic was going to run away with it. He won the first five games in dominant fashion, but then Fucsovics found his feet. He won four straight points to put himself on the board, then won two more games before Djokovic was able to answer back and win the set. 

Novak Djokovic celebrates winning against Marton Fucsovics in the quarter-final men's single match on centre court on day nine of Wimbledon at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Picture date: Wednesday July 7, 2021. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic wins now feel inevitable. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

Bolstered by his performance to close out the first set, Fucsovics came out swinging in the second set. He looked much more sure of himself and started going toe-to-toe with Djokovic. Fucsovics won the first set, but when Djokovic pulled even, Fucsovics responded by putting up another win. Once they were tied 4-4, Djokovic started taking control and won the next game, getting his first lead of the set. The momentum shifted, and Fucsovics started doing what he’d been doing to start the match: playing nervous and beating himself with unforced errors. In a matter of minutes, Djokovic went from playing catch-up to winning the set. 

Down two sets, Fucsovics tried to find any possible advantage. Against most other opponents, he might’ve been able to. But against Djokovic, who has been on fire since the Australian Open in Jan., it’s close to impossible — especially when you’re playing him from behind. Fucsovics just couldn’t escape the constant errors on his forehand, which set him back almost every time he had a chance to get ahead. He showed some late life, but was really just prolonging the inevitable. 

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