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Djokovic celebrates his victory against Sinner. / Adrian Dennis (Afp)

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The Serbian raised a 2-0 against Sinner and gets into his eleventh semifinals on the London grass

Novak Djokovic got into trouble on Tuesday. The Serbian, who has not lost at Wimbledon for almost five years, bordered on elimination, was two sets down against Italian Jannik Sinner and had to come back (5-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 and 6- 2) to get into his 11th semi-final at the All England Club.

For the seventh time in his career, the Belgrade player emerged victorious after being down two sets on the scoreboard. Since the Roland Garros final in 2021, against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, he had not achieved it in a Grand Slam and to remember his last feat at Wimbledon you have to go back to the 2015 round of 16, when he left Kevin Anderson on the way of his third title here.

This Tuesday, Djokovic needed to cut a bleeding error to prevent Sinner from stopping his magnificent streak at the London Grand Slam, where he has already accumulated 26 consecutive victories and where he has not fallen since 2017, against Tomas Berdych. The Serbian started with another march, with an impressive 4-1 that threatened a quick and direct victory towards the semifinals.

But he got tangled up. He tangled up to the point of making 19 unforced errors and losing the first two sets. Exceptionally what happened in the second, in one of the Serb's biggest clouds in his last appearances at Wimbledon. His second set was a catastrophe, with his serve lost twice, without creating a single break ball on Sinner's serve and with a pyrrhic count of five winners.

Inflection point

For the first time in the tournament and for the first time since the 2019 final against Roger Federer, Djokovic smelled like defeat. Sinner had him by the throat, he had the match where he wanted and he had the confidence to beat him. But he didn't have the nerve to do it. When nerves prevailed, the transalpine fell with the whole team.

Djokovic stopped giving away and completed a third set that earned him the match. He only made three errors, warning his rival, who did not glimpse the stratospheric level of the first two sets. He completely lost his way and flirted with a retreating exit when he went down at the end of the fourth set. An ugly fall that caused fear for his ankle. He was able to recover, with the help of Djokovic, who helped him to his feet, but fighting the match was a galaxy away.

With the match tied, the fifth set was an exercise in waiting for the apple to be fully ripe and fall into the pocket of the six-time champion here. Djokovic only needed three games to stave off any final rebellion. He dealt her two blows, in the form of service breaks, which ended the match and sent her to her 11th semi-final at the All England Club. Of the previous ten, eight ended in the final and six in victory.

His streak on grass, 26 consecutive wins since the first round of Wimbledon 2018, is already the third best in history. It is only bettered by Björn Borg's 41 wins in a row between the 1976 Wimbledon first round and the 1981 Wimbledon final, and the unattainable Roger Federer, who added 65 wins in a row between the 2003 Halle first round and the 2003 Wimbledon final in 2008.

Djokovic's rival in the final will come from the duel between David Goffin and Cameron Norrie. The Serbian dominates the Belgian 7-1 head-to-head and the British 1-0.

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