Gasquet and Djokovic match is today. All predictions fall down.
Djokovic, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, plays No. 21 Richard Gasquet of France next. Gasquet emerged from the most compelling quarterfinal — featuring two beautiful one-handed backhands — with a 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 11-9 win over No. 4 Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.
“It was great to watch them go backhand-to-backhand today,” said Djokovic, who is 11-1 against Gasquet. “Some great points, great exchanges.”
Until Gasquet dropped to his back at the baseline when French Open champion Wawrinka’s last backhand sailed long, it appeared this might be the first Wimbledon semifinals in 20 years involving men seeded 1-4.
Gasquet truly is an interloper, the only remaining man without a major title. Never been to a final, even.
“I’m the worst,” Gasquet said with a smirk, “when you see Federer, Djokovic and Murray and me.”
He’ll be in his third Grand Slam semifinal. Djokovic, in contrast, owns eight major championships and reached his 27th major semifinal, sixth in a row at Wimbledon.
“Obviously,” Djokovic said, “the experience of being in these final stages of Wimbledon many times is going to help me.”
Gasquet, 29, watched as Nadal, Djokovic and Murray dominated the ATP World Tour, creating the Big Four with Federer. Like so many, Gasquet became another “coulda, woulda, shoulda”-been player.
Meanwhile, Djokovic, 28, has been building a Hall of Fame resume. A win at Wimbledon would give him his ninth Grand Slam and perhaps soothe the pain of losing at the French Open.
After another devastating loss at Roland Garros, many pondered whether Djokovic could recover in time to make a serious run at Wimbledon. Just like his elastic muscles, the Serbian sprung back into form.