Wimbledon: Federer crashes out, Djokovic enters semi-finals
Eight-time champion Roger Federer leaving the court after losing 3-6, 6-7(4), 0-6 to 14th seed Hubart Hurkacz of Poland in the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon Championships, in London, on July 7, 2021.

Wimbledon: Federer crashes out, Djokovic enters semi-finals

London, July 8, 2021

Eight-time champion Roger Federer crashed out of the Wimbledon Championships, losing 3-6, 6-7(4), 0-6 to 14th seed Hubart Hurkacz of Poland in the quarter-finals on Wednesday. But world No. 1 Novak Djokovic recorded his 100th win on grass courts as he beat Marton Fucsovics of Hungary 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to enter the semi-finals.

The former world No. 1 could convert only one of the four break-points while opponent Hurkacz converted five out of 15 break-points. Federer could also win only 67 per cent of points on first serve as against 79 per cent by the Polish player.

Federer had last won a Grand Slam title at the 2018 Australian Open and it is looking unlikely that he will win any more as a lot of youngsters are beginning to challenge him.

While the 39-year-old Federer lost in straight sets, Djokovic won in straight sets.

The Serb, who has won the Wimbledon singles title five times, will face Canadian 10th seed Denis Shapovalov who overcame Russia's 25th seed Karen Khachanov in a tough five-set game 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 1-6, 4-6 to enter the last-four stage of the tournament.

The top-seeded player is looking to win his 20th Grand Slam title and draw level with Federer and another former world No. 1 Rafael Nadal as men's players with most singles titles at tennis' majors.

"It was a solid performance and I started off really well, particularly in the first five games of the set," said Djokovic after the match.

"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," he added.

The 34-year-old converted four of the 14 break-points he got and 83 per cent points on first serve. He committed fewer double faults (three) than his Hungarian opponent, who committed five.

Djokovic is now third among players to have entered Wimbledon semi-finals the most number of times. This is his 10th entry to the semi-finals at SW19. He is behind Federer (13 appearances) and Jimmy Connors (11 appearances).

The match between Shapovalov and Khachanov was closely-fought.

The 22-year-old Canadian, who entered his first semi-final, managed to prevail in three hours and 26 minutes.

Seventh-seed Matteo Berrettini defeated close friend Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 to enter his first Wimbledon semi-final and set up a clash with Hurkacz.

Berrettini is the first man from his country in the Open Era to make it to the last-four stage of the Wimbledon Championships.

"Everything is crazy right now. Thanks to Felix, I think we made a great match and I hope you guys enjoyed it," Berrettini said in his on-court interview after trumping the Canadian, his closest mate, on Wednesday night.

"He is probably one of my best friends on tour, so it is never easy to play against him. But that's sport and I am really happy."

Berrettini converted six of the 14 break-points, hit 12 aces (to 13 by his rival) and won 76 per cent points on first serve. He committed only three double faults as against six by Auger-Aliassime.

"Hubert is having a great season. He won Miami, he is playing good. Beating Federer in three sets means that he's playing well," Berrettini said of his semi-final rival.

"But I feel ready, I am feeling confident. Good luck to him, and let us see."

IANS

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