Djokovic stays on target after Young scare
Serb reaches Eastbourne semi-finals
Novak Djokovic continued his Wimbledon preparations with a 6-2, 7-6 victory over American Donald Young yesterday to reach the semi-finals of the Aegon International tournament at Eastbourne. The three-time Wimbledon champion survived two set points, one with Young serving at 5-4 and the other on his own serve in the tiebreak at 5-6, before clinching the win with his fourth match point after the American double-faulted.
The Serbian world No 4 will now play Russian Daniil Medvedev today for a place in the final of the south coast grass tournament.
Medvedev defeated American Steve Johnson 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 yesterday.
Top seed Djokovic – the highest ranked male player to compete at Eastbourne since 1999 – was the first through to the semis after an hour and 35 minutes on court.
“I enjoyed it, especially in the second set,” he said. “The first set went my way and I played well. I felt good on the court and had some break point opportunities early in the second set. He served for the set, had a set point and then had set point in the tie-break.
“Obviously, it could have gone easily his way. But it hasn’t, and I’m just glad the way I kind of held my composure, my nerves.
“This is the kind of match situation that I was looking forward to having, and I’m glad it happened today and I managed to overcome that.” Second seed Gael Monfils beat British wild card Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals in a match that resumed after being halted by rain on Wednesday with the score at 6-3, 2-1. Up next for the Frenchman will be Australian Bernard Tomic, who upset German sixth seed Mischa Zverev 6-3, 6-2 in 51 minutes.
Seventh seed Richard Gasquet saved three break points on his way to defeating South African Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 to set up a clash with third-seeded American John Isner.
On the women’s side, Britain’s Johanna Konta beat French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.
“I think the scoreline shows that it was a tough battle and there was very little in it,” Konta said. “Against a player like her, who has such a big game, sometimes it’s difficult to accept that you haven’t got much say in some points.”
Konta, set to become the first British woman ranked in the world’s top 10 at Wimbledon since 1984, had to rally from a break down in the deciding set to end her opponent’s eightmatch winning streak.
She then won the final four games and saved a break point in the tense final one, in which Ostapenko also saved two match points, before clinching victory in two hours and 18 minutes.
World No 1 Angelique Kerber overcame Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena 6-2, 6-1, Romanian Simona Halep beat Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova 6-7, 7-6, 7-5.
Obviously, it could have gone easily his way. But it hasn’t, and I’m just glad the way I kind of held my composure Novak Djokovic On his 6-2, 7-6 win over Donald Young at Eastbourne
World No 4 Novak Djokovic survived two set points to defeat Donald Young of the United States 6-2, 7-6 yesterday.