Novak Djokovic once again showed why he was the greatest player in tennis history as the match reached the fifth set.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic said he never doubted his ability to recover from two sets to beat Jannick Sinner and reach his 11th Wimbledon semi-finals.
Djokovic won 5-7 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 and will face Britain’s Cameron Norrie for Sunday’s final.
It was the seventh time in the 35-year-old Serb’s career that he has fought from two sets for love at the Slams.
“I always believed I could come back. I know the experience I have in the end can be won in this kind of situation,” said six-time champion Djokovic.
“It’s just a matter of changing the momentum. I feel that starting the third set is essential to getting off to a good start. Try to break his serve faster. That’s what happened.”
His wins included an almost unbelievable pass that saw him slide, hit the winner and then face down on the grass.
“This is absolutely ridiculous,” one tennis fan tweeted. “The time of the race is the same. I would have walked away if I were someone else.”
“Djokovic may have just hit his best running backhand of all time … The flexibility and accuracy required to shoot the ball is incredible,” added another.
Djokovic returned from two recent sets in the 2021 French Open with Lorenzo Musetti in the fourth round and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.
The most important thing on Tuesday was his 47th five-set race. For the sinner, it was his only five. So when it goes that far, it’s no surprise that the Serbs set his record going 37-10 in a match that went so far.
“I feel like a sinner. There isn’t much to lose in participating in the tournament. But he has a lot to lose when he is two sets to love,” said 20-time major winner Djokovic.
“I can feel that way with him. He hasn’t had many five-set matches in his life. And this is his first quarter-final in the slam. Not too many center court matches.
“So these have a role. It helps to know that you have been in these specific situations and have certainly been successful in the past.”
Djokovic is bidding to reach the level with Pete Sampras as the seven-time Wimbledon men’s champion.
That would leave him only one from Roger Federer’s record eighth.
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He appeared in the afternoon as usual when he swept into a 4-1 lead in the opening and had a 5-1 break point against the 20-year-old Italian.
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Djokovic saves the preset point. But a return to net service gave the Italian a set of sinners, relentlessly liberating the victors from every corner of the pitch. Stunned the top teams once again with a break in games three and seven en route to a two-set lead.
Djokovic immediately left the court, as he did at Roland Garros last year, when he stared at the defeat to Tsitsipas.
“It was just a word of encouragement. It’s a positive talk. Today it worked,” he said. “I just felt I had to change something. I wasn’t playing well, I wasn’t feeling well on the pitch. I was possessed by a sinner
“Luckily the Grand Slam played the best of five. So I had the opportunity to come back.”
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A break in the fourth game of the third set allowed Djokovic to cut his quarter-final deficit.
In control, he leveled the draw with two breaks in the fourth set as the sinner flipped an ankle anxiously into the centre-court net.
Djokovic parted two more times in the second ruling by a stunning cross-court backhand on the crossroads to go 5-2 before calmly serving.
He will play Cameron. Norrie to compete for the title in the Wimbledon final after the Brits defeated David. Goffin in the next five sets.
Ninth seed Norrie returned to defeat 58th-ranked Belgium 3-6 7-5 2-6 6-3 7-5 to complete the last four of the slam for the first time.