Tennis: Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic celebrates match point during his match against David Goffin on day nine at the All England Lawn and Croquet Club.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic won 10 consecutive games to rally from an early deficit and reach his ninth semifinal at Wimbledon with a straight-sets victory over David Goffin on Wednesday.

The top-seeded Djokovic was down a break at 4-3 in the first set and trailed 30/0 in the eighth game before breaking back to start his run of 10 games in a row en route to a 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 victory over the 21st-seeded Belgian in one hour and 57 minutes.

“I’ve been playing (my) best tennis in this tournament in the past two rounds ... the fourth round and today, especially today (in the) second set and third set against Goffin, who was in-form,” Djokovic said.

“I felt like I managed to dismantle his game and find always the right shots. Very pleased with the performance. This match could have gone different way. I was a break down. He was the better player for most of the first set. But I managed to turn things around.”

Djokovic is chasing his fifth title at the All England Club in London. The Serbian will next play Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, who ousted Guido Pella of Argentina 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Bautista Agut, seeded No. 23, has won both of his matches against Djokovic this year, both on hardcourt. He won 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 in the semifinals at Doha and 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the round of 16 at the ATP Masters 1000 Miami.

Djokovic leads their rivalry 7-3, although they have never played on grass.

“He’s been definitely playing some very, very high-quality tennis in this tournament. He has won twice against me so far this year. That’s certainly going to give him confidence coming into the match,” Djokovic said. “Obviously playing on grass, it’s different.”

In the other side of the quarterfinals bracket on Wednesday, No. 2 seed Roger Federer of Switzerland was playing No. 8 Kei Nishikori of Japan, and No. 3 Rafael Nadal of Spain was taking on unseeded American Sam Querrey.

Djokovic improved to 70-10 at Wimbledon, becoming just the fourth man in the Open Era to reach the 70-win mark, joining Federer, Jimmy Connors and Boris Becker.

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