Wimbledon: Djokovic Quits QF Match Against Berdych Due To Injury
July 13, 2017 in Sports News
Serbian Novak Djokovic abandoned Wednesday’s Wimbledon quarterfinals match against Czech Tomas Berdych due to a right elbow injury. Berdych was at the moment winning 7-6 and 2-0.
The former world number one, three times champion (2011, 2014, 2015) in the grass of London’s Grand Slam tournament, had requested the attention of a doctor for his right elbow and forearm after losing the first set. Although he kept playing for two more games he decided to quit when the match was just 63 minutes old.
Djokovic thus missed a good opportunity to regain the World’s Number 1 ranking, an honor that will now retain Briton Andy Murray when Wimbledon ends.
The new standings coming out on Monday will see Murray stay atop the ATP rankings despite his quarterfinals defeat earlier today against American Sam Querrey by a score of 3- 6, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 and 6-1, in two hours and 42 minutes.
Murray became the World Number 1 last November when he reached the final of Paris Masters, taking the title from Djokovic who had held it since July 2014.
Following Wednesday’s quarterfinal results, Murray will leave Wimbledon with 7,750 points, 285 points ahead of Spaniard Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic will be third on Monday with 6,325 points, unless Federer wins the title for the eighth time, and then he would jump ahead of the Serb by a mere 220 points.
Berdych, a finalist in 2010 against Nadal, will play in the semifinals against Roger Federer, who defeated Canadian Milos Raonic (6-4, 6-2, 7-6) in three sets.
Berdych, number 15 in the world, reaches the semifinals of Wimbledon like he did last season. The Czech already played Wimbledon’s final in 2010 when he lost against Nadal in straight sets 6-3, 7-5 and 6-4. The Czech reached that final after defeating Federer when he was the defending champion.