Novak Djokovic beats Yen-hsun Lu to reach Wimbledon 2010 semifinals
Novak Djokovic has advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals for the second time by beating unseeded Yen-hsun Lu 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
The 3rd-seeded Djokovic lost just 12 points in 13 service games. He won 26 of his first 28 service points, including 15 in a row. The Serb had 29 winners and 17 unforced errors, and converted five of 15 break points. He also returned well and won the vast majority of the extended rallies.
“Nothing is easy these days, especially at this stage of the tournament,” Djokovic said. “But the way I played, I deserved to win. I was hitting all the shots and I was really playing very solid from all parts of the court. I’m very, very happy with the performance today.”
Djokovic reached the semifinals here in 2007 but had to retire against Rafael Nadal with a foot injury while trailing in the third set.
“This time physically I’m fitter,” Djokovic said. “Those were very strange conditions and circumstances. I had to play three very long matches in three days and couldn’t hold on in the semifinal. This time everything is in order and I’ll give my best.”
Lu, ranked No. 82 in the world, upset Andy Roddick to become a Grand Slam quarterfinalist for the first time. In other matches, No. 2 Nadal played No. 6 Robin Soderling, and No. 4 Andy Murray faced Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Murray is aiming to become Britain’s first male champion at Wimbledon since 1936.
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