Novak Djokovic has automatically progressed to the semi-finals of Wimbledon after Alex de Minaur withdrew from the tournament due to injury.

The Australian was due to face seven-time champion Djokovic in the quarter-finals on Wednesday, but he withdrew.

De Minaur has confirmed he suffered a hip injury in the final leg of his fourth-round win over Arther Fils on Monday.

A statement from the 25-year-old read: “This was clearly not an announcement I wanted to make in any way. I am devastated to have to withdraw due to a hip injury, a small tear in the fibrocartilage that sits at the end of or connects to the adductor muscle.

“I felt a loud bang during the last three points of my match against Fils. Yesterday I had a scan and it showed that this was the injury. There is a big risk that it will get worse if I step onto the pitch.”

De Minaur’s withdrawal means Djokovic will reach the SW19 semi-finals for the 13th time, hoping to win a record eighth Wimbledon title, the same number as tennis legend Roger Federer.

Second-seeded Djokovic will play either Taylor Fritz or Lorenzo Musetti on Sunday for a place in the final, while defending champion Carlos Alcaraz remains at the other end of the rankings.

Djokovic was expected to make his long-awaited return to Centre Court on Wednesday following his fourth-round victory over Holger Rune in controversial circumstances.

Djokovic will have to wait until Friday to return to the tennis court, which he will probably welcome, as he himself has been struggling with injuries in the run-up to the tournament.

If he gets past No. 13 Fritz or No. 25 Musetti, he will play Alcaraz (a repeat of last year’s final) or Daniil Medvedev for a historic shot at another title.

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