Zverev conqueror Fritz is out: Djokovic moves on in Wimbledon without a single serve

Zverev conqueror Fritz is out
Djokovic moves on at Wimbledon without a single serve

For Zverev’s conqueror Taylor Fritz, the grass classic in Wimbledon ended in the quarterfinals. Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, moved effortlessly into the semifinals. Two German men’s doubles reached the quarterfinals, but that was the end of it. The same goes for Laura Siegemund in the women’s doubles.

Novak Djokovic dedicated loving words to Jelena on their tenth wedding anniversary – and then surprisingly received a day off from playing: The Grand Slam record winner has moved into the semifinals of Wimbledon without having to serve even once in the round of the last eight. His Australian opponent Alex de Minaur was unable to play in the quarterfinals due to a hip injury.

Djokovic has reached the semifinals of the prestigious grass tournament for the 13th time and can hope to win his eighth title. If he manages to win, he will be level with record winner Roger Federer. For a place in the final, Djokovic will play against the Italian Lorenzo Musetti, who somewhat surprisingly beat Taylor Fritz, Alexander Zverev’s conqueror, 3:6, 7:6 (7:5), 6:2, 3:6, 6:1. In the other duel, the Spanish defending champion Carlos Alcaraz wants to prevail against the former US Open winner Daniil Medvedev from Russia.

Lorenzo Musetti is surprisingly in the semifinals.

Lorenzo Musetti is surprisingly in the semifinals.

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Djokovic, the 37-year-old Serb, started the day with a public declaration of love to his wife. “Ten years Jelena, I love you forever,” he wrote at the end of a long post on Instagram. In sporting terms, he also had more luck in Wimbledon after a difficult phase and was aggressive. After his convincing 6:3, 6:4, 6:2 quarter-final appearance against the Dane Holger Rune, the “Djoker” clearly warned parts of the audience to be a little friendlier to him.

Rybakina effortlessly, Siegemund out, German men’s duos also

In the women’s singles, tournament favorite Jelena Rybakina is making great strides toward her second title after 2022. The 25-year-old Kazakh left no stone unturned on Wednesday against Ukrainian Elina Switolina, winning 6:3, 6:2, and is also the favorite in Thursday’s semifinal against Barbora Krejčíková from the Czech Republic. The second finalist will be determined by Jasmine Paolini from Italy and Donna Vekic from Croatia.

For Laura Siegemund, Wimbledon is also over in the doubles. After being knocked out in the second round in singles, the Swabian was eliminated in the quarterfinals alongside Czech singles semi-finalist Krejcikova. The duo lost 4:6, 7:6 (7:5), 4:6 to Gabriela Dabrowski/Erin Routliffe from Canada and New Zealand. Siegemund is number seven in the world in doubles and won the mixed doubles title at the French Open. Siegemund wants to form a doubles team with Angelique Kerber at the Olympic Games in Paris.

Frantzen (left) and Jebens. Frantzen (left) and Jebens.

Frantzen (left) and Jebens.

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The two remaining German pairings were also eliminated in the quarterfinals in the men’s Wimbledon. The German Olympic doubles Kevin Krawietz and Tim Pütz missed out on reaching the semifinals again with a 4:6, 6:7 (3:7) defeat against the top seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos from Spain and Argentina. Last year, Krawietz from Coburg and Pütz from Frankfurt lost to Granollers and Zeballos in the semifinals of the Grand Slam tournament. The Davis Cup doubles’ next big goal is the Olympic Games in Paris, which begin on July 26. The tennis competition starts on July 27.

The German surprise doubles team of Constantin Frantzen and Hendrik Jebens have also been eliminated. The duo from Düsseldorf and Stuttgart had to admit defeat 6:7 (1:7), 6:7 (1:7) against the ninth-seeded pairing of Michael Venus and Neal Skupski from New Zealand and Great Britain. The two had surprisingly reached the quarter-finals with three wins. In the first round, the German duo achieved their first ever victory in a Grand Slam tournament.

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