Novak Djokovic had a message to the pretenders to his grand slam crown after beating Andrey Rublev to reach another Wimbledon semifinal: “It’s not happening.”
The Serb’s 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 win on Center Court saw him advance to the last four at a major for the 46th time, tying Roger Federer’s all-time men’s record, and extending his winning streak at Wimbledon to 33 matches.
Djokovic is now just two wins away from a 24th grand slam title and while this performance wasn’t quite perfect, it was yet another demonstration of what it takes to prevent the 36-year-old from lifting the trophy for the eighth time. drags.
When asked how it felt to be the guy who always had a target on his back, Djokovic said: “I love it. Every tennis player wants to be in the position where everyone wants to beat you.
“Busy is a privilege, like Billie Jean [King] said. It never goes away. It awakens the most beautiful emotions in me and it motivates me more than I ever dreamed and inspires me to play my best tennis.
“I know they want to get a scalp, they want to win, but it’s not happening.”
Wednesday’s order of play
Center Square, 1:30 p.m
(6) Ons Jabeur (Tun) vs (3) Elena Rybakina (Kaz)
(1) Carlos Alcaraz Garfia (Spa) v (6) Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune (Den)
Court 1 p.m
(25) Madison Keys (US) v (2) Aryna Sabalenka (Blr)
(3) Daniil Medvedev (Russian) v Christopher Eubanks (USA)
Court 2, 11 a.m
(3) Storm Hunter (Aus) & Elise Mertens (Bel) v Naiktha Bains (Gbr) & Maia Lumsden (Gbr)
(10) Kevin Krawietz (Ger) & Tim Puetz (Ger) v (13) Jamie Murray (Gbr) & Michael Venus (Nzl)
Marie Bouzkova (Czech) & Sara Sorribes Tormo (Spa) v Laura Siegemund (Germany) & Vera Zvonareva (Russian)
Court 3, 11 a.m
Nathaniel Lammons (US) & Jack Withrow (US) v (15) Marcel Granollers (Spa) & Federico Zeballos (Bol)
(1) Wesley Koolhof (Ned) & Neal Skupski (Gbr) v Ariel Behar (Uru) & Adam Pavlasek (Cze)
(7) Mate Pavic (Cro) & Lyudmyla Kichenok (Ukr) v Jonny O’Mara (Gbr) & Olivia Nicholls (Gbr)
Court 12, 3 p.m
15:00: Tallon Greek track (Ned) & Bart Stevens (Ned) v (6) Rohan Bopanna (Ind) & Matthew Ebden (Aus)
Court 6, 11:30 p.m
Matwe Middelkoop (Ned) & Aldila Sutjiadi (Ina) v Joran Vliegen (Bel) & Yi Fan Xu (Chn)
How to watch Wimbledon 2023 on TV in the UK
Wimbledon will be shown on BBC One and iPlayer until 9pm for the first week unless coverage needs to be extended to the 11pm curfew. Clare Balding has taken over presenting duties from Sue Barker.
Every morning Isa Guha starts reporting at 11 am. Former Wimbledon champions including John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King and Pat Cash will be part of the squad alongside Tim Henman, Tracy Austin, Annabel Croft, Johanna Konta, Anne Keothavong and Sania Mirza.
Today at Wimbledon there will be live coverage on BBC Two and iPlayer at 9pm daily, hosted by Qasa Alom.
How to Watch Wimbledon on TV in USA
ESPN has the rights to show the grand slam on grass in the US. Coverage begins every day at 6 a.m. Eastern Time.
When is the Wimbledon final?
The men’s final is on Sunday, July 16 at 2 p.m.
The women’s final is on Saturday, July 15 at 2 p.m.
What is the Wimbledon prize money?
Wimbledon’s total prize pool is £44.7 million, up 11.2 per cent from 2022.
The men’s and women’s singles champions will each take home £2.35 million and the runners-up will earn £1.175 million.
The prize money for progression to previous rounds is as follows: first round (£55,000); round two (£85,000); third round (£131,000); round of 16 (£207,000); quarter-finals (£340,000); semi-finals (£600,000).
Why isn’t Emma Raducanu playing at Wimbledon?
Emma Raducanu will not participate in Wimbledon after surgery on both hands and her left ankle.
Who are the defending champions?
Last year, Novak Djokovic recovered from a set down in the final by beating Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6.
Elena Rybakina won her first major singles title as she fought back to defeat Ons Jabeur 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Novak Djokovic 3/5
Carlos Alcaraz 7/2
Jannik Sinner 12/1
Daniel Medvedev 13/1
Holger Rune 40/1
Christopher Eubanks 66/1
Elena Rybakina 5/2
Aryna Sabalenka 7/2
Marketa Vondrousova 1/6
Our Jabour 6/1
Elina Svitolina 11/1
Madison Keys 13/1
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