Top-seeded and defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia came back from a match against young Italian prodigy Jannik Sinner on Tuesday, beating him 5-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. and 6-2 to get into the Wimbledon semifinals.
Djokovic, six-time Grand Slam champion on grass, overcame in three hours and 35 minutes the resistance of the 20-year-old tennis player who in the round of XNUMX had masterfully eliminated the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz, fifth seed.
"Many congratulations to Jannik for a great battle, he is very mature for his age, he has for a long time ahead" to win tournaments, assured Djokovic.
Sinner "was the best player during the first two sets, but at the end of the second I went to the bathroom, I freshened up, I talked to myself in the mirror, it's true," said the Serb, considering that there he recomposed "his thoughts to face the adversary in the best possible way.
He said he felt a "confidence rush" when he broke his serve for the first time in the third set and "see a little doubt in his movement".
In the end, the experience of the former world number one, winner of 20 Grand Slam titles, prevailed over the youth and impetus of the Italian.
"I've been blessed to play tennis professionally for 20 years," said the Serbian, convinced that "I could turn the game around, I've done it enough times."
Djokovic thus scored his 26th consecutive win at Wimbledon, with his last loss at the All England Club in London dating back 5 years.
On Thursday he will face Britain's Cameron Norrie or Belgium's David Goffin in the semifinals.