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Wimbledon: Djokovic equals Federer’s record as Svitolina stops Swiatek

NOVAK Djokovic has equalled yet another record in men’s tennis as he advanced to the semi-finals at Wimbledon tonight.

The Serbian superstar, the most successful men’s tennis player in history with 23 major titles, defeated Andrey Rublev in four sets of 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 to reach his 46th Grand Slam semi-final, equalling the legendary Roger Federer’s record.

Djokovic, 36, has reached his 12th semi-final at Wimbledon, the third oldest men’s player to ever advance to that stage.

The Serb has won the first two Grand Slam titles of the year at the Australian Open and French Open and is unbeaten in 33 matches on grass this year.

When asked how he deals with the pressure, Djokovic said during his on-court interview: “I love it. Every tennis player wants to be in the position where everybody wants to beat you.”

Djokovic’s next challenge in his quest for an eighth Wimbledon men’s singles titles is Jannik Sinner.

The 21-year-old Italian defeated Roman Safiulin 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 earlier today to reach his first career Grand Slam semi-final.

In the women’s singles, the amazing comeback of Elina Svitolina continued today, nine months after she gave birth.

After a WTA title already this year, the 28-year-old Ukrainian cruised back into the Wimbledon semi-finals, shocking world No.1 Iga Swiatek 7-5, 6-7, 6-2.

With the victory, Svitolina ended Swiatek’s remarkable winning streak at 14 matches and reached her third career Grand Slam semi-final and second at Wimbledon.

Also in the women’s draw, 2019 French Open runner-up and Olympic silver medallist Marketa Vondrousova fought back from 4-1 down in the third set to beat fourth seed Jess Pegula 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals.

PHOTO: Elina Svitolina after today’s Wimbledon quarter-final victory over IGA Swiatek.

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