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Djokovic, Musetti, Rybakina and Krejcikova advance to Wimbledon tennis semifinals

Serbia's Novak Djokovic (pictured) will face Italy's Lorenzo Musetti in the Wimbledon 2024 men's singles semifinals in London on Friday. Photo: Hugo Philpott/UPI

1/5 | Serbia’s Novak Djokovic (pictured) will face Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti in the Wimbledon 2024 men’s singles semifinals in London on Friday. Photo: Hugo Philpott/UPI | License Photo

July 10 (UPI) — Novak Djokovic didn’t need his racket to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals, while Elena Rybakina and Barbora Krejcikova registered three-set victories to secure their places in the finals in London on Wednesday.

In the match played at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Italian Lorenzo Musetti and American Taylor Fritz had the most competitive fight of the day. Musetti beat Fritz in 3 hours and 27 minutes.

Musetti, ranked 25th in the world, will face Djokovic (No. 2) in the semifinals in London on Friday. The winner will face either No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz of Spain or No. 5 Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the men’s singles final.

“I don’t think I realized what I was doing yet,” Musetti said on the ESPN broadcast. “I was talking to my team about how I was going to play on the big stage. … This was my first time getting the opportunity to go out in this amazing stadium, and it was an honor.”

Musetti, a first-time Grand Slam semifinalist, converted six of 13 break opportunities and made 39 unforced errors. Fritz, the only American remaining in the men’s or women’s singles tournament, made 55 errors.

Fritz hit 10 aces, while Musetti hit seven in a 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 win.

Djokovic advanced to the semifinals after his quarterfinal opponent, Australian No. 9 Alex de Minaur, withdrew due to a hip injury.

“This was not an announcement I wanted to make,” de Minaur told reporters. “I was devastated but I had to pull out because of a hip injury, a small tear in the cartilage, the ligament that attaches to the adductor.

Musetti said the injury occurred during a win over France’s No. 34 Arthur Fils in the last 16 on Monday.

On the women’s side, Rybakina advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over No. 21 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. The No. 4 seed from Kazakhstan needed just 61 minutes to upset her quarterfinal opponent.

Krejcikova needed 100 minutes to beat No. 13 Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 6-4, 7-6(4). The No. 32 player from the Czech Republic will face Rybakina in the semifinals on Thursday at Centre Court.

The winner of that match will face either No. 7 Jasmine Paolini of Italy or No. 37 Donna Vekic of Croatia in the women’s singles final.

The semi-final broadcast will begin on Thursday at 8:00 a.m. CET on ESPN.

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain waves to the crowd during his quarterfinal match against Tommy Paul of the United States at the 2024 Wimbledon Championships in London on July 9, 2024. Alcaraz won the match 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | License Photo