Defending champion Novak Djokovic lost two sets to Janik Suner to reach his 11th Wimbledon semifinal on Tuesday. Djokovic won 5-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 and will face either Britain’s Cameron Nouri or Belgium’s David Goffin for a place in Sunday’s final. It was the seventh time in Serb’s career that he had won two seats in the Slams for love. “Congratulations to Janik for a big fight, he’s very smart for his age, he has plenty of time,” Djokovic said.
“The first two sets were like two different matches against the next three. He was a better player for those first two sets.
“But at the end of the second set, I took a break from the toilet, gave myself a little pep talk, tried to gather my thoughts.
“I broke up early in the third set. I saw that there was a bit of doubt in his movements. I have many years of experience playing on these courts and coping with the pressure.”
Djokovic is bidding to equal Pete Sampras as seven-time Wimbledon champion and stands just one of Roger Federer’s men’s eight-man record.
He looked ready for a normal afternoon as he took a 4-1 lead in the opener and a 5-1 break point against the 20-year-old Italian.
Sunner, the 10th seed, saved him and rallied to take a 6-5 lead, taking the opportunity to serve for the set.
Djokovic saved a set point but the return of net service gave the Italian a seat.
Sinner stunned the top seed once again, leading the winners from every corner of the court, taking a two-set lead in the third and seventh games.
However, Djokovic is no stranger to Grand Slam troubles, having recently returned from two sets twice, like last year’s French Open.
The second great recovery came in the final against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
A break in the fourth game of the third set helped Djokovic reduce his quarter-final deficit.
In control, the 35-year-old tied the tie with a double break in the fourth set as Suner dropped a disturbing ankle from his ankle into the center court net.
Djokovic made two more breaks in the decisive one, the second brilliant, from behind the cross-court backhand before stretching calmly to go 5-2 on the stretch.
Maria won the All-German Clash to reach the semi-finals
Germany’s Tatjana Maria reached the semifinals of her first Grand Slam by beating compatriot Jule Nemeier 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 on Tuesday. The 34-year-old mother of two will play third-seeded Ounce Jabier or non-seeded Marie Bozkova for a place in the final. “I laugh everywhere,” said Maria, who returned from maternity leave less than a year ago. “My two young daughters, it’s a dream to live with my family, to live with my two daughters. I gave birth about a year ago, it’s crazy.”
She said she would like to face world number two Jabir in the semi-finals.
“She would love to play,” she said. “She’s part of my family. She loves my kids. She plays with them every day.”
Only in the third All-German Grand Slam quarter-final in the Open Era, Neymar took control from the start of the match, breaking his first chance to win the set.
The 22-year-old then braked again at the start of the second set to regain control of the match, but Maria came back and braked three times to level the match.
World No. 97 Neymar once again drew the first blood in the decisive set, breaking the fifth game to take a 4-2 lead.
But Maria came back 4-4 and broke again in the 12th game to seal the victory.
The German veteran, who saved two match points in the previous round, made his Grand Slam debut in 2007 and has not advanced beyond the third round in any major before Wimbledon this year.
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