even lying and with his back to the wall, Djokovic still glides on the London turf

Novak Djokovic celebrates an important point on Tuesday at Wimbledon. TOBY MELVILLE / REUTERS

The Serb was able to get out of Sinner’s trap to sign his 26th consecutive win at Wimbledon.

From our special correspondent in London

Prior to his duel with Jannick Sinner, Novak Djokovic had warned: “He’s very confident, he thinks he can beat anyone, anywhere.”. And so even Djokovic on grass. The young Italian (20 years old) was almost there. But as in last year’s Roland-Garros final, the Serb swerved into the locker rooms after ceding the first two sets. A saving break. “I went to cool off and had a little chat in front of the mirror. I still think I can go back two sets behind. Maybe it’s the experience, the rest of the toilet or a combination of the two …”he smiled cordially, in reference to his stops which had caused a little controversy in Paris.

And against Stefanos Tsitsipas Porte d’Auteuil, he was able to turn the tide of the match to win 5-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 and reach the 43rd semifinal in Grand. Slam, the 11th at Wimbledon. A “comeback” of which he has the secret. For the 7th time in his career, the 3rd time in London. Unsinkable. More constant in exchange, more comfortable in service, and sharp in his blows, he took the measure of the young transalpine wolf. Sinner bumped into a wall in the last three sets, like this incredible winning cross pass at the end of the Serb race, at the end of the match.

With 21 winners and 21 unforced errors, Djokovic, long apathetic, evolved far from his standards during the first two acts against a very incisive Sinner. As often, around the world, he had to deal with an audience favorable to his opponent. And when he tried to harangue the crowd, he even picked up a few whistles … But, without conquering all hearts, he still knew how to impose his law on “his” central court. Rafael Nadal continues to write history on the clay courts of Roland-Garros. Novak Djokovic, removes dust from books on all surfaces and especially on his blessed turf.

Djokovic Power 7 in London to join his childhood idol Pete Sampras? At 35, the six-time winner has continued to hover on the Wimbledon turf since 2018. The three-time defending champion on Tuesday signed his 26th consecutive victory at Church Road and the 84th of his career. He remains the only player, men and women together, to have reached the bar of 80 hits in all four Grand Slam tournaments. Only for his second participation, Sinner had dominated in the round of 16 the phenomenon of the first half of the season Carlos Alcaraz. He offered very good resistance to the local master on Tuesday. But even on the ropes, the Serbian wrestler recalled that he was still, at 35, the man to beat in London.

On the way to a seventh final (he will face the winner of the duel between David Goffin and Cameron Norrie on Friday), the record of recent weeks at No. 1 (373) yielded a set in the first round against South. Korean Soonwoo Kwon (81st) and another in 8th ahead of this season’s revelation on turf Tim van Rijthoven (104th). Expelled from Australia, stopped in the quarterfinals at Roland-Garros for Christmas, currently banned from the US Open for lack of an anti-Covid vaccine, the record hunter must win on Sunday to escape the specter from a white season to the big tournaments after being very close, in 2021, to an incredible Grand Slam calendar.


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