Friday, September 22, 2023

Djokovic can’t finish his match against Hurkacz at Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic will have to jump back to the center court this Monday after his match against the Polish Hubert Hurkacz He was stopped with an advantage of the Serbian tennis player by 7-6 (6) and 7-6 (6) due to the municipal regulation that does not allow playing matches at Wimbledon after 11:00 p.m. at night (12:00 p.m. in Spain).

The match was suspended without starting the third set when there were 29 minutes left before the regulated time to suspend it to allow the Wimbledon inhabitants to rest. Djokovic and hurkacz They will return to the center to resume the game after the first women’s quarterfinal match between Elena Rybakina and Beatriz Haddad Maia (2:30 p.m., Movistar). This will delay the game that closes the day between Carlos Alcaraz and Matteo Berrettini.

Decisive tie breaks

Djokovic managed to win both sets in the ‘tie break’ against a hurkacz, that he still hasn’t lost a serve in the tournament, and that this Sunday he kept his pulse going thanks to his powerful serve (23 ‘aces’ and 81% of points with the first serve). In the two ‘tie breaks’ Djokovic was able to tip the balance.

In the first raising a 5-4 against and two services held by the Polish tennis player. In the second set, before the ‘tie break’, Djokovic He had a 0-40 that Hurkacz saved with his serve and another ‘break point’ in which Djokovic missed a volley when touching the net.

Spectacular Rublev

Andrei Rublev won his first quarterfinal at Wimbledon after defeating the Kazakh alexander bublik by 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-7 (5) and 6-4. The Russian tennis player (7th in the world) took revenge for the final in Stuttgart, a few weeks ago he had lost to Bublik. On this occasion, after 3 hours and 20 minutes, he managed to beat one of the most atypical players on the circuit (26th in the world), capable of getting 39 ‘aces’ and 67 winners, as he did this Sunday. Although it was not enough.

Rublev prevailed after wasting two ‘match balls’ in the fourth set at 5-4 but a serve held by Bublik. The Kazakh tennis player came back from two sets down, winning the next two in the ‘tie break’ and forcing a fifth that, after making a single break, Rublev (4-3) took. And he did it with a spectacular point which gave him the ‘match ball’ that Rublev won as he fell on the grass to the surprise of Bublik who thought he had won the point with a backhand down the line that seemed unreachable.

Jannik Sinner (8) earned his pass to the quarterfinals again by beating Colombian Galán Daniel Elahi (85) 7-6 (4). 6-4 and 6-3, while the Russian Roman Safiullin (92) eliminated Canadian DEnis Shapovalov (29) by 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 and 6-3.

Swiatek, ‘in extremis’

Before Djokovic’s match, the current world number 1, Iga Swiatek had to battle for 3 hours and 4 minutes before defeating the Swiss belinda bencic (14) by 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2) and 6-3. The Polish tennis player saved two ‘match balls’ with 6-5 against, before rubbing the ‘tie break’, winning it, to score the victory against the Olympic champion.


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