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Djokovic into Wimbledon semis due to De Minaur injury

LONDON (AFP) – Seven-time champion Novak Djokovic reached the Wimbledon semi-finals Wednesday when Alex de Minaur withdrew from their last-eight clash with a hip injury.

Australian ninth seed De Minaur suffered the injury in his fourth-round win over Arthur Fils and admitted yesterday: “I am devastated to pull out due to a hip injury”.

“It’s no secret that this would have been the biggest match of my career but it’s a unique injury,” said the 25-year-old.

“I woke up this morning wanting to feel some sort of miracle, but there was a high risk of making the injury worse if I stepped on court.

“One stretch, one slide could take this from a three to six weeks’ injury to four months out.”

Djokovic will be playing in his 13th Wimbledon semi-final and 49th at the Grand Slams.

He will face either Taylor Fritz of the United States or Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti for a place in Sunday’s championship match.

Novak Djokovic. PHOTO: AP