Novak Djokovic is now the one to beat at the Wimbledon championship after defeating number 21 seed David Goffin in the quarter final.
Despite a strong start from Goffin, Djokovic came through the match in straight sets to set up a semi-final tie.
The game started off very competitively when the first game when to deuce, through a double fault from Djokovic. This was before the Serbian managed to take the game to take an early lead in the first set. Goffin twice had the chance to break and go 2-1 up with two break points, with the third game going to deuce as well, before Djokovic served well to help him take the third game.
With the Belgian surprisingly looking the most comfortable in the first set, he finally broke Djokovic’s serve in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead. Despite the momentum seemingly being with Goffin, Djokovic broke straight back to tie the set at 4-4. The number one seed did not look back after that, holding his serve and then breaking Goffin’s serve again to take the set 6-4.
Djokovic started off the second send like he ended the first, dominating the game and taking a quick 3-0 lead in the second set. Lack of first serves hindered Goffin’s performance as his serve was broken yet again in the fourth game. At 5-0 in the second set, Djokovic had won eight consecutive games, leaving Goffin searching for a route back in to the match. However, he couldn’t find any consolation in the second set, with his serve being broken again and the subsequent 6-0 second set loss.
Goffin squandered a break point in the first game of the third set to allow Djokovic to hold his serve. After losing ten games in a row, Goffin finally managed to hold his serve in the second game to tie the set. This was to be short lived for the Belgian, who fell 4-1 behind. Djokovic had to be patient in that fifth game, with Goffin having a break point opportunity to reduce gap between the two players in the set.
Both players held their serve to take the game to 5-2 before Djokovic took the match on Goffin’s serve to make it 6-2.
Wimbledon 2019 Record Head-to-Head:
1st Round: Philipp Kohlschreiber (6-3, 7-5, 6-3)
2nd Round: Denis Kudla (6-3, 6-2, 6-2)
3rd Round: Hubert Hurkacz (7-5, 6-7, 6-1, 6-4)
4th Round: Ugo Humbert (6-3, 6-2, 6-3)
1st Round: Bradley Klahn (6-4, 6-4, 6-4)
2nd Round: Jeremy Chardy (6-2, 6-4, 6-3)
3rd Round: Danil Medvedev (4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5)
4th Round: Fernando Verdasco (7-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4)
What’s Next For Djokovic?
Djokovic goes in to Friday’s semi-final as the hot favourite against Roberto Bautista Agut, who is the 23rd seed. The Spaniard came through a tough four set match against Guido Pella to make it to the last four. Being an underdog could work in Agut’s favour, but Djokovic is tipped to win the whole tournament, let alone the semi-final.