Serbian star Novak Djokovic looks dominant once again as he cruises to another Wimbledon semi final.
Djokovic Has Been Razor Sharp
Going into the quarter-final match against Belgian David Goffin, Novak Djokovic had only dropped one set so far at Wimbledon. That did not change against the 21st ranked Goffin who he defeated in straight sets 6-4,6-0 and 6-2. At one point during the match, Djokovic won 10 straight games to highlight how dominant he has looked at the All England Club.
Early in the match, Goffin was able to break Djokovic to make it 4-3 in the first set however that was as good as it got for him. Once the world’s number 1 ranked player was able to settle in, he controlled the match from then on. One reason for Goffin’s early success in the match was how aggressive he was playing. He had a lot of success with his passing shots against Djokovic’s forehand. The turning point of course was the 10 consecutive games that Djokovic managed to rattle off and he did so by keeping Goffin deep with his shots coming very close to the baseline.
Here he is on match point doing just that to perfection:
Coming into the match Goffin did have reason to be optimistic. The last time the two had met, he defeated Djokovic in three sets at the 2017 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. It was the only time he has defeated the Serbian with this being his sixth loss in their head to head matchups. Last month Goffin made it to the Noventi Open final where he gave Roger Federer all he could handle in the first set, eventually losing 7-6, 6-1. The 28-year old, who won two titles in 2017 has had an up and down year and will take some comfort in the fact that his last two defeats were at the hands of Federer and Djokovic respectively. After an inconsistent start to the year including two losses in March to players outside the top 100, it seems Goffin has found some level of consistency in his play. He did provide fans with this fantastic highlight during the match:
What’s Next for Djokovic?
At the moment Djokovic waits on the winner of Guido Pella (Argentina) and Roberto Bautista (Spain) who he will meet in the semi-final. Of course Djokovic will be the heavy favorite not just because he is the top ranked player and defending champion. Neither Pella or Bautista have ever played in a Grand Slam semi-final. Of the two, Bautista would have the most reason to feel confident having beaten Djokovic the last two times they’ve faced each other.
Here he is beating him in Miami back in March:
Regardless of who he plays, the four time Wimbledon champion Djokovic will be confident he can get the job done considering how he’s looked in recent Grand Slams. Since winning Wimbledon last year, he has won the U.S Open as well as the Australian Open. He made it to the semi-final of the French Open where he lost to Dominic Thiem. Having made it to the at least the final four in five consecutive grand slams, it’s safe to say that he is the favorite to lift his 5th Wimbledon title.