Defending champion Novak Djokovic overpowers Marin Cilic to reach semi-finals

Novak Djokovic completed a resounding 6-4 6-4 6-4 win over US Open champion Marin Cilic in one hour and 49 minutes to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals.

After recovering from trailing two sets behind to Kevin Anderson to win a five-set encounter in the last 16 on Tuesday, Djokovic had no such problems with a flawless performance against Cilic on Centre Court.

The Serbian world number one will face French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka or Frenchman Richard Gasquet in Friday’s semi-finals. Cilic did not play badly, hitting eight aces to four by his opponent, but Djokovic played the big points better – as he tends to do.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts to breaking serve during his match against Marin Cilic of Croatia at the Wimbledon …

Djokovic hit 27 winners and made only 12 unforced errors with Cilic finding 30 winners and throwing in 20 unforced errors.

“It was a very solid performance after a tough five-set match against Kevin. From the beginning, I played well. Tactically, I put a lot of balls back in play,” said Djokovic, who is chasing a third Wimbledon t!tle after his wins in 2011 and 2014.

“I’m very pleased with the achievement (of reaching the semi-finals).”


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