Djokovic into Wimbledon Semi-finals as De Minaur Pulls Out

Serbia's Novak Djokovic takes part in a training session on the Aorangi practice courts on the tenth day of the 2024 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 10, 2024. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic takes part in a training session on the Aorangi practice courts on the tenth day of the 2024 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 10, 2024. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP)
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Djokovic into Wimbledon Semi-finals as De Minaur Pulls Out

Serbia's Novak Djokovic takes part in a training session on the Aorangi practice courts on the tenth day of the 2024 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 10, 2024. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic takes part in a training session on the Aorangi practice courts on the tenth day of the 2024 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 10, 2024. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP)

Seven-time champion Novak Djokovic reached the Wimbledon semi-finals on Wednesday when "devastated" Alex de Minaur withdrew from their last-eight clash with a hip injury.

Australian ninth seed De Minaur suffered the injury in his fourth-round win over Arthur Fils and admitted Wednesday: "I am devastated to pull out due to a hip injury".

"It's no secret that this would have been the biggest match of my career but it's a unique injury," AFP quoted the 25-year-old as saying.

"I woke up this morning wanting to feel some sort of miracle, but there was a high risk of making the injury worse if I stepped on court.

"One stretch, one slide could take this from a three to six weeks' injury to four months out. It's just too much to risk."

Djokovic will be playing in his 13th Wimbledon semi-final, equaling the mark of eight-time All England Club champion Roger Federer, and 49th at the Grand Slams.

He will face either Taylor Fritz of the United States or Italy's Lorenzo Musetti for a place in Sunday's championship match.

De Minaur suffered the injury in the closing stages of his four-set win against Fils on Court 1 on Monday. He said he had felt a "loud crack".

As he sat down, he shook his head towards his box, where 2002 Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt, a fellow Australian, and tennis-playing girlfriend Katie Boulter looked on with concern.

De Minaur defeated 24-time Grand Slam title winner Djokovic at the United Cup in Australia earlier this year.

Djokovic becomes only the third man in the Open Era to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon aged 37 or older after Ken Rosewall and Federer.

The Serb has also been under an injury cloud having undergone knee surgery after the French Open.

He has been playing at Wimbledon with protection on his right knee.



Djokovic, Nadal Could Meet in the 2nd Round at Paris Olympics

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Djokovic, Nadal Could Meet in the 2nd Round at Paris Olympics

Paris 2024 Olympics - Tennis Training - Roland Garros Stadium, Paris, France - July 24, 2024. Rafael Nadal of Spain during training. REUTERS/Edgar Su Purchase Licensing Rights
Paris 2024 Olympics - Tennis Training - Roland Garros Stadium, Paris, France - July 24, 2024. Rafael Nadal of Spain during training. REUTERS/Edgar Su Purchase Licensing Rights

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic could meet his longtime rival Rafael Nadal in the second round of the Paris Olympic tennis tournament.

Djokovic was drawn Thursday against Australian Matthew Ebden and Nadal faces Hungaraian Marton Fucsovics, with the winners of those matches meeting in Round 2.

The 38-year-old Nadal won a record 14 of his 22 major trophies at the French Open. He won gold in singles at Beijing in 2008, and in doubles with Marc López at Rio de Janeiro in 2016, The AP reported.

“Roland Garros as everybody knows is the most special place in tennis for me. I am enjoying the fact I am back for the Olympics," Nadal said on stage after the draw. "I am just trying to enjoy every single moment.”

French Open champion Carlos Alcaraz takes on Lebanese player Hady Habib.

Top-ranked Iga Swiatek of Poland faces Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania in the first round of the women’s draw with second-seeded American Coco Gauff taking on Australian Ajla Tomljanović.

Gauff is the reigning US Open champion and is making her Olympic debut. She is a flag bearer for the US team at Friday’s opening ceremony along with basketball star LeBron James. She will be the first tennis athlete to carry the US flag.

Djokovic and Swiatek have not won Olympic gold.

Djokovic owns 24 Grand Slam trophies, more than anyone else in tennis apart from Margaret Court, but his only Olympic medal was bronze at Beijing in 2008.

Swiatek has won the French Open four of the past five years on the same clay courts at Roland Garros.

Four-time major winner Naomi Osaka of Japan takes on three-time major champion Angelique Kerber of Germany.

Wimbledon runner-up Jasmine Paolini of Italy, who is seeded fourth, returns to the courts where she lost the French Open final to Swiatek and takes on Romanian Ana Bogdan. No. 5-seeded American Jessica Pegula plays Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland.

Wimbledon champion Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic — seeded ninth — is drawn against Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo. The 2022 Wimbledon champ Elena Rybakina — seeded third — plays Romanian Jaqueline Cristian. No. 10 Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, who won the French Open here in 2017 for her only major, faces Colombian Camila Osorio.

Men’s and women’s first-round play begins Saturday, and the top-ranked man won’t be playing. Jannik Sinner pulled out on Wednesday because of tonsillitis. The 22-year-old from Italy posted on X that he took medical advice to sit out the Summer Games.

Eighth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas, the 2021 French Open runner-up to Djokovic, takes on Belgian Zizou Bergs and three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland is up against Pavel Kotov.

Wimbledon semifinalist Lorenzo Musetti of Italy, seeded 11th, plays French veteran Gael Monfils. Two-time French Open runner-up Casper Ruud of Norway, the No. 6 seed, takes on Japan's Taro Daniel.

Also, it's No. 4 Daniil Medvedev vs. Rinky Hijikata of Australia and No. 7-seeded American Taylor Fritz vs. big-serving Kazakh Alexander Bublik.

Tokyo Games champion Alexander Zverev of Germany plays Jaume Munar of Spain.

Two-time Olympic champion Andy Murray has withdrawn from singles but will play in men’s doubles alongside Dan Evans in his adieu from tennis. They face Japanese pair Japan’s Daniel and Kei Nishikori.

The 37-year-old Murray, a three-time Slam champion, won gold in singles at London in 2012 and Rio four years later. Since having hip replacement surgery in 2019, he has struggled with various injuries and withdrew from singles at Wimbledon because he needed a procedure to remove a cyst from his spine.

“The Olympics has been incredibly special to me. I’m really happy I get to do this one more time,” Murray said on stage. “I just ran out of time really (to play singles), but happy to be in the doubles with Dan and we play well together.”

In women’s doubles, top-seeded American pair Gauff and Pegula drew Australian pair Daria Saville and Ellen Perez.

Also in men's doubles, Nadal teams up with Alcaraz against sixth-seeded Argentines Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni.

Tsitsipas teams up with younger brother Petros to face Portuguese pair Nuno Borges and Francisco Cabral.