Australian No. 9 Alex De Minaur: “I’m devastated but had to withdraw because of a hip injury… It’s no secret that this was the most important match of my career”; seven-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic advances to 13th semi-final at the All England Club, equalling Roger Federer’s record

12:49, UK, Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Alex De Minaur has been forced to withdraw from Wimbledon ahead of his quarter-final against Novak Djokovic due to a hip injury.

De Minaur, the boyfriend of British number one Katie Boulter, still had the problem at the end of his fourth-round victory over Arthur Fils on Monday.

The ninth-seeded player played down the situation despite initially shaking his head in the direction of his penalty area on Court One. But shortly after midday on the day of his scheduled Centre Court clash with Djokovic, De Minaur withdrew from the championship.

“This was absolutely not an announcement I wanted to make,” De Minaur said at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

“Yes, I’m devastated, but I had to withdraw due to a hip injury.”

With this walkover, Djokovic reaches the Wimbledon semi-finals for the 13th time in his career, equaling Roger Federer for the most wins in the tournament’s history.

The walkover means Novak Djokovic advances to a record-equalling 13th men’s semi-final at Wimbledon

The second-seeded Djokovic won seven of his 24 Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon, a record.

De Minaur added about his injury: “I felt a loud bang during the last three points of my match against Fils and I had a scan yesterday. It confirmed that this was the injury and that there was a big risk of it getting worse if I stepped onto the pitch.

“It’s no secret that at this point in my career this was the most important match of my career.

“I already knew the result yesterday, but I was hoping that I would wake up today and feel a miracle.

“The problem when I go to play is that one stretch, slip or whatever can cause this injury to last from three to six weeks to four months.”

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