Νοvak Djokovic was forced to retire in the quarterfinal at Wimbledon against Thomas Berdych(7-6, 2-0), after feeling intense pain in his right elbow. As he said, it is an issue that troubles him the last year and a half and was there since the beginning of the tournament, getting worse in every match. He mentioned that he was really disappointed because he felt he was playing his best tennis over the last 10 months. Indeed he played very good and was feeling excellent on the court, hitting shots which reminded of his best days.
The 30-year old Serb, winner of 12 Grand Slam titles, now faces the possibility of an operation and a long break from tennis. ‘The experts with whom I spoke, were not clear. They mentioned the possibility of an operation, they mentioned other options too. Nobody is clear until now. I guess that a break is something I have in my first choices at the moment.’, said the world No 4, who hasn’t won a Slam or Masters event since 31st of July 2016, with 2017 being one of his worst years in his tennis career.
Andy Murray is also not doing a lot better, who lost the chance to defend his title at Wimbledon after losing to American Sam Querry in the quarterfinals (6-3, 4-6, 7-6, 1-6, 1-6). The excellent performance of Querry combined with Murray’s hip injury, did not allow the 30-year old Briton to have a lot of opportunities to win the match.
After making a big effort to win the third set in the tie-break, Murray seemed troubled and vulnerable, not able to chase returns of serve and move properly. He mentioned he was sad the way the tournament ended for him and that he must work with his team to find a solution concerning his injury. However, he said he was proud he gave everything he had, despite his hip was bothering his throughout the whole tournament. The 3 times Grand Slam winner is in danger of losing the No. 1 spot in the world, but not for now as Nadal, Djokovic and Wawrinka have also been disqualified.
The pairs of the semifinals which will take place on Friday, are now Federer vs. Berdych and Cilic vs Querry, leaving Federer the only player in the top 5 who qualified. A great opportunity to bet on the Cilic vs Querry match, as the odds are good for both players with no heavy favorite. You can bet in various online sites and casino games, such as Betfair NJ.
On the women’s side, great news for British tennis as Johanna Konta became the first female British player to qualify in the semi-finals at Wimbledon since 1984. Konta managed to beat Simona Halep in an epic quarterfinal (6-7, 7-6, 6-4) playing her best tennis throughout the year and has a chance now to be the first lady to win Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1977. The world no. 6 ruined Halep’s dreams for becoming world No.1 and will face next the great American Venus Williams in the semifinal. Garbine Muguruza already qualified in the final, beating easily Magdalena Rybarikova with 6-1, 6-1.