World No. 1 and five-time champion Novak Djokovic reached his tenth Wimbledon semi-final and forty first on the Grand Slams earlier than dealing with down a journalist who requested him what it felt like being the “dangerous man” of the game.
Djokovic, chasing a record-equalling twentieth Grand Slam title, defeated Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics 6-3 6-4 6-4 and can face Denis Shapovalov of Canada for a spot in Sunday’s last.
Ought to he win a sixth title, Djokovic will go stage with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 main titles.
Regardless of his success, the Serb then confronted the primary questioner at his post-match information convention who requested “what has it been wish to be one thing of the ‘dangerous man’ chasing after Roger and Rafa all these years?”
“I don’t contemplate myself a nasty man. I imply, that’s your opinion,” stated an unimpressed 34-year-old Djokovic after his a hundredth profession grass court docket win.
“I’m not chasing anyone. I’m making my very own path and my very own journey, my very own historical past. I’m privileged to be a part of historical past of this sport that I really like.
“As I stated on the court docket, I find out about lots of stats. I don’t find out about all of them. However they do encourage me much more to play my finest tennis on the occasions that rely essentially the most in our sport.”
The query didn’t go down nicely with extra than simply Djokovic. Tennis reporter Ben Rothenberg referred to as it “certainly one of worst opening questions I’ve ever heard in a press convention”, whereas journalist and presenter Jon Wertheim additionally had a crack.
“There must be a approach — with out compromising entry — that this method is improved,” Wertheim tweeted, in response to Rothenberg’s criticism.
“That is the issue. It poisons the ambiance for everybody, together with the vast majority of journalists who’re professionals.”
Djokovic will take a 6-0 profession head-to-head benefit over 22-year-old Shapovalov into their match on Friday. The Canadian left-hander will likely be taking part in in his first Grand Slam semi-final.
“We performed a good two-set (match) this yr within the ATP Cup, which was the primary opening official match for him and I of the season,” added Djokovic.
“The courts on the Australian Open are fairly fast this yr so I might get slightly little bit of an understanding of how nicely he’s serving, if he’s serving nicely, you already know, how tough it’s to play towards him.”
Djokovic turned solely the third man to seize all 4 majors greater than as soon as along with his second French Open victory final month.
Now he’s midway to changing into the primary man since 1969, and solely the third in historical past, to finish a calendar Grand Slam of all 4 majors.
“I really like this sport with all my coronary heart, physique and soul and have been dedicated to it since I used to be 4,” he stated.
“Typically issues do look surreal for me however I attempt to reside within the second and take each alternative I’ve on the court docket.
“Going for historical past is a large inspiration for me, let’s preserve it going.”
Djokovic raced right into a 5-0 lead within the first set earlier than 29-year-old Fucsovics obtained on the board. The world No. 48, bidding to turn out to be the primary Hungarian man since 1948 to make the semi-finals at Wimbledon, saved 5 set factors.
Nevertheless, the rearguard motion was too late to stop the champion edging forward. The highest seed broke for the one time within the second set within the ninth sport which was sufficient for a two units lead.
Djokovic had spent three hours fewer than the muscular Fucsovics in attending to the last-eight and his freshness confirmed when he crucially broke within the first sport of the third set after which fought off two break factors within the sixth.
“From one facet it was pushing from the again and the balls didn’t come to me, so I needed to go to the ball and attempt to play with extra spin,” stated Fucsovics.
“If not, the ball was flying away. From the opposite facet, I felt that Novak put lots of strain on me. He put lots of balls on the court docket. He didn’t wish to hit a giant winner, simply to make me miss.”