Wimbledon: Djokovic Advances to Semifinals as De Minaur Withdraws
Wimbledon: Djokovic Advances to  Semifinals as De Minaur Withdraws

Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic secured a place in the Wimbledon semifinals after Alex de Minaur withdrew due to a hip injury. The Australian, seeded ninth, announced his withdrawal just hours before their scheduled match on Centre Court.

Speaking at a press conference, De Minaur expressed disappointment, describing the injury as devastating. He first felt discomfort during his fourth-round victory over Arthur Fils, noting a significant moment when he heard a crack towards the end of the match. Despite downplaying the severity initially, further medical assessments revealed the extent of the issue.

Djokovic, seeded second, now enters his 13th Wimbledon semifinal, matching Roger Federer's record. The Serbian tennis star, who has claimed seven of his record 24 Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon, will face either Taylor Fritz or Lorenzo Musetti in the semifinals on Friday.

De Minaur emphasized the importance of the match in his career but admitted that the risk of exacerbating the injury was too great to continue. Despite wanting to attempt to play, he recognized the potential long-term consequences of pushing through.

"It's no secret that, at this stage of my career, this was the biggest match of my career. So wanted to do anything I could to play," de Minaur said. "I knew what the results were yesterday, but I still wanted to wake up today and feel some sort of miracle and not feel it while I'm walking."

Medical advice strongly discouraged him from competing further, cautioning that any additional strain could prolong recovery significantly.

With De Minaur's withdrawal, Djokovic moves forward in the tournament, eyeing another chance to add to his Wimbledon legacy.

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