WIMBLEDON, England – Defending champion Novak Djokovic took the wind out of David Goffin’s sails to cruise right into a ninth Wimbledon semifinal.
It was not plain crusing for the highest seed within the first set, however he got here from a break down and went on to brush Goffin apart 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 on Centre Court docket.
Goffin had the higher of a lot of an entertaining opening set earlier than Djokovic sapped the life out of the fast-fading Belgian, who wilted in his first quarterfinal at SW19 on Wednesday.
Djokovic, who made solely 17 unforced errors and received 76 p.c of factors behind his first serve, has solely dropped one set en path to the final 4 as he eyes a 16th main title.
The world No. 1, crushed by Goffin for the primary time after they final met in Monaco two years in the past, will now face Roberto Bautista Agut or Guido Pella.
Djokovic fended off a few break factors with stoic protection and a trusty function his 23rd-ranked opponent utilized early strain, bossing baseline rallies.
Goffin was lightning fast over the well-known grass as the 2 served up some thrilling rallies and the underdog received a thumbs up from Djokovic following an impressive cross-court winner earlier than breaking to guide 4-3.
The Serbian seemed to be troubled by his eyes as he sat in his chair however was seeing clearly when he broke straight again and received the set after Goffin fizzed a backhand broad.
The second set was a completely completely different story, Goffin fading quick after displaying such promise, with an aggressive Djokovic sweeping him apart.
A sprightly Djokovic broke for a 2-Zero lead with a volley on the internet and continued to leap everywhere in the Belgian’s tame serve, returning fantastically and sealing a bagel with a textbook overhead.
Goffin halted a run of 10 consecutive video games received by Djokovic to degree at 1-1 within the third however gifted the four-time champion a break with a double fault.
Djokovic saved two break factors earlier than taking a 4-1 benefit and Goffin was put out of his distress when he flashed a backhand into the tramlines.