August 13, 2022

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Novak Djokovic came back from a two-set deficit to overcome an upset offer from Jannik Sinner in the 2022 Wimbledon men’s quarter-finals on Tuesday.

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Djokovic, who recorded 41 winners and eight aces in the five-set victory, held a 4-1 lead in the first set before Sinner took the lead to take the first two sets.

The 20-year-old Italian couldn’t complete his quest to earn his maiden Grand Slam semi-final appearance, however, as the 20-time major champion found his groove on the comeback and mounted a furious comeback with five breaks in the last three sets. .

Sinner, seeded No. 10 in the tournament, finished the game with 43 winners and 41 unforced errors.

Djokovic had dropped just two sets in his first four matches on the grass courts at the All England Club before being pushed wide on Tuesday.

The six-time Wimbledon champion played a pair of near-flawless counter-attacking sets to get the match back on track.

Sinner faced an injury scare late in the fourth set when he spun on his ankle, a moment initially reminiscent of Alexander Zverev at this year’s French Open, but he was able to get back on his feet quickly with a little help from his counterpart.

Djokovic continued to apply constant pressure on the return in the final set and was able to pull away with a few more breaks of serve.

Given the deficit he faced, there was actually little drama when all was said and done. Once the 35-year-old Serb started to turn the tide, Sinner could never turn the tide in his favor.

Djokovic, who has won the last three Wimbledon titles (the event did not take place in 2020), advances to face Cameron Norrie or David Goffin in the semi-finals.

The top seed will be a heavy favorite in either potential matchup. He’s 7-1 against Goffin in their one-on-one encounters, and he beat Norrie in their first career encounter at the ATP Tour Finals last year.

A potential showdown with Nadal, who is trying to chase a Grand Slam off the calendar, remains on the table for a possible Wimbledon men’s final.