LONDON – Top seed Novak Djokovic recovered from an edgy start with a devastating display that crushed the spirit of 21st seeded Belgian David Goffin in straight sets yesterday and sent the defending champion surging into the Wimbledon semi-finals.
Goffin will wonder just what happened after he looked the better player in the early stages and broke for a 4-3 lead. Half an hour later he had lost 10 games in a row and the match was effectively over as Djokovic triumphed 6-4, 6-0, 6-2.
The 32-year-old Serb was at his clinical best as he soaked up the early punches, then imposed himself in every aspect as Goffin, 28, was left flailing on Centre Court.
Djokovic, who has lost only once at a Grand Slam in the last 12 months, is into his ninth Wimbledon semi-final (only Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer have been in more) where he will face Spanish world number 22 Roberto Bautista Agut.
Djokovic has reached the semis having dropped one set and been broken only five times in five matches and was delighted with how this match unfolded.