Alex de Minaur withdraws from Wimbledon quarter-final against Novak Djokovic

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Alex de Minaur shared that he is feeling very upset after withdrawing from Wimbledon before his quarter-final match with Novak Djokovic because of a hip injury.

Alex de Minaur - Figure 1
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The top-ranked Australian player, who is currently ranked ninth in the world, is having the best season of his career. Unfortunately, he suffered a torn cartilage in his hip during the final game of his fourth-round match against Arthur Fils on Monday.

De Minaur's demeanor quickly shifted as he celebrated his win. Despite downplaying the injury during his post-match press conference, the 25-year-old confirmed his withdrawal on Wednesday afternoon. He mentioned feeling a "loud crack" during the final three points of Monday's match.

Seven-time winner of the Wimbledon tournament, Djokovic, will advance to the semi-finals on Friday without having to play. He will face off against either Taylor Fritz or Lorenzo Musetti in the next round.

"Clearly, this is not news I wanted to share in any way," De Minaur, who is dating the top British player Katie Boulter, expressed during a press briefing on Wednesday.

I am feeling really upset, but I have to withdraw from the tournament because of a hip injury. I heard a loud cracking sound during the last few points of my match against Fils, and after getting a scan yesterday, it was confirmed that I have this injury. There is a high chance of making it worse if I continue to play on the court.

Alex de Minaur - Figure 2
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At this point in my career, I can openly admit that yesterday's match was the most significant of my professional life. Although I already knew the outcome, I held onto hope that today I would wake up to some kind of miraculous change.

The issue with me going out and playing is that even one small movement could prolong my injury from three to six weeks to as long as four months.

Djokovic, who complained about the Wimbledon audience after defeating Holger Rune on Monday night, will now enjoy a three-day break before his next game on Friday.

The tennis player who has won 24 Grand Slam titles is aiming to win back the support of the Wimbledon audience after losing in the final last year to Carlos Alcaraz. Alcaraz will be competing against Daniil Medvedev in the semi-final match on Friday.

De Minaur's absence creates an empty spot on Centre Court for Wednesday, after the women's singles quarter-final match between Elena Rybakina and Elina Svitolina.

The tournament has announced that the following matches will occur after the initial match.

Mixed Doubles - Round Two

J. Zielinski from Poland and S. Hsieh from Chinese Taipei, with seven points each, faced off against the team of J. Salisbury and H. Watson from Great Britain.

Women's Doubles Tournament - Round Robin Format

Barty and Dellacqua representing Australia will face off against Petkovic from Germany and Rybarikova from Slovakia in the upcoming match.

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