Novak Djokovic needed four sets to defeat sensational Tim van Reethoven and qualify for the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon Grand Prix 2022 on grass, and the match ended several minutes before the silence of the night.
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Until a month ago, Tim van Reethoven was an unidentified tennis player in the top three hundred of the ATP rankings. Then his career accelerated. The Dutchman dramatically won the title at the tournament in Den Bosch, after which he received a college ticket at Wimbledon. In London, he reached the fourth round, where he faced Novak Djokovic. He fought a four-set duel with the Serbs, but left the field after his defeat (2:6, 6:4, 1:6, 2:6).
The start of the match goes back to Djokovic, who quickly advanced 3-0 to win the first set 6-2. The second installment was exciting. Brave van Riethoven broke the Serbian, knocked out 5:3, and a few moments later, after a long and emotional match, balanced the match.
The losing set spurred Djokovic, as he started the next batch lively and didn’t give his opponent a chance. When the Serbian finished his third set it was just after 22:00 local time in London. This means she has less than an hour to finish the match on Sunday, because according to local regulations, there was a curfew at 11:00 pm and Wimbledon matches were suspended.
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The Serb did the job. He won the fourth set 6:2, and it took 37 minutes. Thanks to this, he could breathe a sigh of relief, as he was able to finish the match and would not have to finish the match on Monday.
For the 35-year-old Djokovic, Wimbledon champion in the 2011, 2014-15, 2018-19 and 2021 seasons, it is his thirteenth promotion to the quarter-finals of this tournament in his career. In total, in the 1/4 finals of a Grand Slam event, he scored his 53rd arrival and this gives him the second place in the rankings ever, behind Roger Federer (58).
In the semi-finals, top seed Djokovic will face 10th seed Yannick Sener. This will be the second match between these tennis players. Last year in Monte Carlo, the Serb won by 6:4, 6:2.
Wimbledon, London (UK)
Grand Slam tournament, grass field, total prize money 40.35 million pounds
Sunday 3 July
Fourth round of singles:
Novak Djokovic (Serbia, 1) – Tim van Riethoven (Netherlands) 6:2, 4:6, 6:1, 6:2
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