Djokovic zooms into Wimbledon semis after De Minaur withdraws

Novak Djokovic has reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon after Alex de Minaur withdrew from their last-eight tie because of a hip injury.

The Australian ninth seed was scheduled to take on 24-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic in Wednesday’s second match on Centre Court.

Djokovic, 37, is handed a walkover and will face either Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti or American 13th seed Taylor Fritz in the semi-finals.

“I am devastated to pull out due to a hip injury,” De Minaur said.

“I felt a loud crack during the last three points of my match against [Arthur] Fils.

“[I] got a scan yesterday and it confirmed that this was the injury and with high risk of making it worse if I was to step on court.”

De Minaur defeated Frenchman Fils in four sets on Monday to reach his first quarter-final at Wimbledon.

The 25-year-old said the recovery period was between three and six weeks.

“I have been struggling to sleep the last couple of days. I feel it [when] walking,” De Minaur said.

“Just hoping that I would wake up and feel it a little bit less or feel it to a point where I can at least go on court.

“But, again, I think it’s almost disrespectful for me to not go on the court close to 100% against someone like Novak because there’s no point of me going out there if I’m not going out there to try and win.”

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