Novak Djokovic managed a lively challenge by Donald Young 6-2, 7-6 (11) Thursday to move to the semi-finals of the pre-Wimbledon event in Eastbourne.
In the female spell drawing, head-to-head Angelique Kerber crashed in the quarterfinals, but with Simona Halep, the second victim, also lost, the German was able to maintain her order number in the world at Wimbledon.
As the tournament played catch up after rainy days, German star Kerber made the third round by seeing Lara Arruabarrena 6-2, 6-1.
But he had to come back later in the day and were eliminated in the quarter-finals favorite local Johanna Konta, seeded five, 6-3, 6-4.
Kerber produced seven double faults, while Konta represented six aces in the win, although the match ended with a drama when the British player suffered a fall from terror, turning his ankle and banging his head on the surface.
After a long delay, Konta claimed the victory in a fourth match point.
“The conditions are very difficult, especially with the last days where we wait all day and walk on the ground, leaving,” Kerber said. “So it’s okay, and we have a half shade, half sun in the field.” So it was very difficult to be there, especially now that at the end of the day, which was a bit slippery, because it’s dark, it’s cold. Final, was a good match, played well in the important moments. ”
Konta had previously beaten the French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 7-5, 3-6, 6-4. Kerber added: “I feel good.I had three games before I went to Wimbledon.That was my goal, to have games.”
The only consolation was to see Kerber Halep beat former world number one Caroline Wozniacki 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 in their last eight.
“I was playing really well, but in the third set, I was a bit tired,” Halep said. “I played a lot of games today (Tsvetana Pironkova won in three sets at the start of the day.) But it was a good match and in the end she was stronger.”
The semi-finals Friday will bring Konta against third Czech mother Karolina Pliskova, who came from 1-4 in the final set to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-4. Briton Heather Watson, a 6-1, 6-6, 6-4 winner against Barbora Strycova, takes Wozniacki.
The sower is the main Djokovic compete during the week before Wimbledon for the first time in seven years, saved a couple of set points in the second set before finally putting young distance after a long tiebreak period.
“The first set was my way and played well, I felt good on the court,” Djokovic said. “It was very close to set 2. Obviously, he could easily go on his way.I’m happy with the way I live my nerves.It’s the type of game situation I was looking forward to, and I’m glad it happened today and Managed to overcome it “.
The former world number one is rebuilding after a bad year last in Wimbledon according to their standards and indicates the main immediate target on turf.
“There is always something going on (around the sport.) But we are not robots, we are human, you have to be careful about those things,” said the Wimbledon champion three times.