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Wimbledon: Alex De Minaur pulls out of Novak Djokovic quarter-final due to injury

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Wimbledon: Alex De Minaur pulls out of Novak Djokovic quarter-final due to injury

Alex De Minaur has been forced to withdraw from Wimbledon ahead of his
quarter-final with Novak Djokovic due to a hip injury.

De Minaur, the boyfriend of British number one Katie Boulter, sustained the issue at the end of his fourth-round victory over Arthur Fils on Monday.

The ninth seed played down the scare despite an initial shake of the head in the direction of his box on Court One, but shortly after midday on the day of his scheduled Centre Court clash with Djokovic, De Minaur pulled out of the Championships.

“Obviously not an announcement I wanted to make by any means,” De Minaur said at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

“Yeah, I’m devastated but had to pull out due to a hip injury.”

The walkover places Djokovic in the Wimbledon semi-finals for the 13th time in his career, equalling Roger Federer for the most by a man in tournament history.

Novak Djokovic got off to the perfect start at Wimbledon
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The walkover means Novak Djokovic goes through to a record-equalling 13th men’s semi-final at Wimbledon

The second-seeded Djokovic has won seven of his men’s-record 24 Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon.

De Minaur added on his injury: “I felt a loud crack during the last three points of my match against Fils and got a scan yesterday. It confirmed this was the injury and with high risk of making it worse if I was to step on court.

“It is no secret that at this stage of my career, it was the biggest match of my career.

“I knew the results yesterday but hoped I would wake up today and feel some sort of miracle.

“The problem with me going out and playing is one stretch, one slide, one anything can make this injury go from three to six weeks to four months.”

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