If there is one certain thing about the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, it is that this is likely to be the dawning of a new era in tennis. One of those budding talents leading the charge is Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, who denied British fans a potential Murray vs. Djokovic semi-final when he unceremoniously dispatched the defending champion in straight sets to secure his spot in the final four. He will now go up against Novak Djokovic, an opponent that he has previously defeated, but still trails 1-3 in the head-to-head series. This Friday clash should be an extraordinary affair. Check out the Djokovic vs Dimitrov Head to Head matches.
Although it was not his most sound performance, world No. 2 Novak Djokovic lived up to his initial billing as the top seed at the event and secured his spot in the semi-final round with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-2 win over Croatia’s Marin Cilic. Djokovic rallied back from a 2 sets to 1 deficit after initially leading the charge in the early going. He ended up needing 3 hours and 18 minutes to cement his win over a very game opponent in Cilic.
“I played a very bad game, with a couple of bad errors in the second set and the momentum changed for him to get back into the match,” Djokovic told BBC television. “He found his rhythm on serve, but I allowed him to step in. It was frustrating for me. You’re fighting on the court as much as your opponent, and you try to just mentally be strong and find that inner strength that can help you in those particular moments,” he added. “That’s what helped me.”
Eleventh seed Grigor Dimitrov stuck a dagger through the hearts of the British tennis fanbase, as he toppled the reigning champion Andy Murray in straight sets to comfortably advance to his first semi-final at SW19. It was a confident and breathtaking performance from the Bulgarian, who undoubtedly was playing to win from the very first point on Centre Court.
“As soon as we started warming up, I sensed his game wasn’t at his highest level and I was pretty confident and playing good tennis. The first set helped me get into a good rhythm. The second set tie-break was a key moment for me. Coming into the third set, I knew I had a lot of things under control.
Djokovic knows he will face a tougher, more determined Dimitrov than the one he last faced at the 2013 French Open, and even the one who defeated him at the Madrid Masters a few months prior to that as well.
“It’s a big win for Grigor,” said Djokovic, who is coached by three-time former Wimbledon titlist Boris Becker. “He has been on fire the past six months. He has won a couple of titles, including on grass at Queen’s [the Aegon Championships]. He is unbeaten on grass this year, so he is the player to beat.”
Prediction: Novak Djokovic in Five Sets