LONDON, July 10: Top seed Novak Djokovic recovered from an edgy start to deliver a devastating display that crushed the spirit of 21st-seeded Belgian David Goffin in straight sets on Wednesday and sent the defending champion surging into the Wimbledon semi-finals.
Goffin will wonder just what happened after he looked the better player in the early stages and broke for a 4-3 lead in the first set. Half an hour later he had lost 10 games in a row and the match was effectively over as Djokovic, relentless with his accuracy, went on to triumph 6-4, 6-0, 6-2.
The Serb was at his clinical best as he soaked up the early punches without panic then slowly but surely imposed himself in every aspect of the contest to such an extent that Goffin was left flailing on Centre Court.
Djokovic, who has lost only once at a Grand Slam in the last 12 months, is into his ninth Wimbledon semi-final – only Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer have been in more – where he will face either Guido Pella or Roberto Bautista Agut, and will be confident of making Sunday’s showdown.
The world number one has reached the last four having lost one set and been broken only five times in five matches and was delighted with how Wednesday’s match eventually unfolded.
Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut reached his first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon on Wednesday and will play defending champion Novak Djokovic for a place in the final.
The 31-year-old Spaniard dropped his first set of the campaign in beating Argentinian Guido Pella 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
“It sounds amazing,” Bautista Agut said about being a Wimbledon semi-finalist.
“I really cannot be more happy. I had a really difficult match and had to manage a lot of emotions on court.
“I knew I had a good opportunity to play in the semi-final and I did very well,” added the 23rd seed.
Both may have been outside the top 20 — the first quarter-final to involve two outside the top 20 since Lukasz Kubot and Jerzy Janowicz in 2013 — but they put on a good show for the Court One spectators. (Agencies)