Wimbledon 2023, Day 9 HIGHLIGHTS: Djokovic, Sinner set up semifinal clash; Svitolina upsets Swiatek; Bopanna-Ebden reach last-eight in doubles

Wimbledon 2023, Day 9 Highlights: Four-time men’s defending champion Novak Djokovic progressed to the semifinals with a four-sets win over Andrey Rublev but women’s top seed Iga Swiatek was knocked out by wildcard Elina Svitolina.

Updated : Jul 12, 2023 00:45 IST

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates victory against Russia’s Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon on Tuesday.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates victory against Russia’s Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon on Tuesday. | Photo Credit: GETTY IMAGES

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates victory against Russia’s Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon on Tuesday. | Photo Credit: GETTY IMAGES

Welcome to Sportstar’s highlights of Day 9 of Wimbledon 2023 when four-time men’s defending champion Novak Djokovic beat Andrey Rublev while top women’s seed Iga Swiatek went down to wildcard Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals. This was Nihit Sachdeva taking you through the action as it unfolded at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London.

  • July 12, 2023 00:44
    Day 10 Order of Play

    Wimbledon 2023, Day 10 Order of Play: Alcaraz vs Rune, Jabeur vs Rybakina in quarterfinal match-ups

  • July 12, 2023 00:37

    Women: [WC] Elina Svitolina (UKR) vs Marketa Vondrousova (CZE)

    Men: [2] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [8] Jannik Sinner (ITA)

  • July 12, 2023 00:18

    Djokovic goes up 40-0 on Rublev’s serve. Three match points. But he only needs two of them as a beautiful crosscourt backhand volley ends the contest. Djokovic wins 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 to set up the semifinal clash with Jannik Sinner!

  • July 12, 2023 00:09
    Fourth set: Rublev hanging on

    The seventh seed from Russia continues to fight as hard as he can. Closes yet another service again. Djokovic leads 4-3. The defending champion responds with an easy service hold. Leads 5-3

  • July 12, 2023 00:03
    Fourth set: Rublev trails

    Rublev closes game five of the fourth set with an ace but is still, a break down against Djokovic who leads 3-2. Love hold for the Serbian as he continues to move closer to the finish line.

  • July 11, 2023 23:55
    Possibly the finishing move from Djokovic

    Rublev saves one break point after going down 15-40 but sends a crosscourt backhand long to drop serve. Djokovic up by a break at 2-1.

  • July 11, 2023 23:47
    Fourth Set underway between Djokovic and Rublev

    Rublev begins with a love hold in a must-win set.

  • July 11, 2023 23:43
    Djokovic wins third set 6-4 after the MOST EPIC GAME EVER

    In a 17-minute-long scrap, Djokovic had five set points and Rublev had three break points but eventually, the Serbian prevailed after converting his fifth chance.

  • July 11, 2023 23:26
    Third set: Rublev needs to break now

    First job done. Rublev holds. But now he needs to break as Djokovic leads 5-4 and will serve for the set.

  • July 11, 2023 23:18
    Third set: Rublev avoids falling further behind

    The Russian saves a break point before closing the game to stay only one break behind Djokovic. The Serbian leads 4-3.

  • July 11, 2023 23:05
    Third set: Advantage Djokovic

    After saving a couple of break points on his own serve in the second game, Djokovic now breaks Rublev to go 3-2 up.

  • July 11, 2023 22:59
    Third set: Djokovic under pressure

    Rublev moves up 40-15 on Djokovic’s serve but the Serbian somehow manages to hold. Rublev, with a comfortable hold, stays ahead 2-1.

  • July 11, 2023 22:51
    Djokovic vs Rublev - 3rd set is underway

    Rublev begins with a strong service hold. Much needed for the Russian after the hammering received in the second set.

  • July 11, 2023 22:43
    Djokovic grabs second set

    Devastating set of tennis from Djokovic - 6-1. One set apiece.

  • July 11, 2023 22:38
    Sinner beats Safiullin

    Jannik Sinner becomes only the third Italian man in history to reach the Wimbledon semifinals, after Nicola Pietrangeli in 1960 and Matteo Berrettini in 2021.

    Sinner wins 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 against Safiullin

  • July 11, 2023 22:31
    Sinner gets the crucial break

    Jannik Sinner breaks Roman Safiullin to go 4-2 up in the fourth set. The Italian is ever so close to the semifinals.

  • July 11, 2023 22:24
    Djokovic makes first move in 2nd set

    Djokovic breaks Rublev to go 2-0 up in the second set. Rublev tries to fight back immediately and has two break points but cannot convert. Djokovic goes 3-0 up.

  • July 11, 2023 22:18

    Dream-like start for the seventh-seeded Russian as he grabs the opening set 6-4 against four-time defending champion Novak Djokovic.

  • July 11, 2023 22:12
    Rublev breaks Djokovic in first set

    The Russian has played with a brilliant mixture of calmness and aggression and he breaks Djokovic to go 5-4 up.

  • July 11, 2023 22:06
    Bopanna-Ebden pair reaches quarterfinals

    The Indo-Australian pair, trailing 1-3 at one point, reels off five straight points in the deciding set tiebreak. Having saved three match points themselves, the sixth seeds now have four at 9-5. Bopanna-Ebden pair is through to the quarterfinals with an unbelievable 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(5) win!!!!

  • July 11, 2023 22:03
    Sinner grabs third set

    The eighth-seeded Italian wins third set 6-2. He is just one set win away from reaching his maiden Wimbledon semifinals.

  • July 11, 2023 21:58
    Rublev avoids trouble

    The Russian saves three break points before eventually closing the game: 3-3

  • July 11, 2023 21:51
    Bopanna/Ebden forced to save match points

    Once again, Pel and Stalder are ahead at 6-5 and the sixth-seeded Indo-Australian pair will serve to stay in the match. This time, the server will be Matthew Ebden. The sixth seeds save multiple match points before closing the game. A 10-point tiebreaker to decide the winner of this match!

  • July 11, 2023 21:49
    Djokovic vs Rublev update

    No break of serves so far. Djokovic leads 3-2.

  • July 11, 2023 21:43
    Bopanna/Ebden update

    The sixth-seeds, at 4-5, will serve to stay in the third-round match against Pel and Stalder. And Bopanna does manage to hold - 5-5 it is now!

  • July 11, 2023 21:31
    Back on Centre Court - Djokovic vs Rublev quarterfinal begins

    Djokovic serves first. Rublev hits two good forehand winners but Djokovic holds serve anyway.

  • July 11, 2023 21:29
    Safiullin wins second set against Sinner

    Stunning fightback from the unseeded Russian to win four straight games and steal the second set 6-3. One set all. Game on!

  • July 11, 2023 21:26
    Bopanna/Ebden update

    The sixth seeds are in the deciding set of the third-round match against Dutchman David Pel and American Reese Stalder who lead 3-2 but it is on serve for now.

  • July 11, 2023 21:21
    Not for long

    Safiulling gets the break back to make it 3-3 in the second set.

  • July 11, 2023 21:14
    Sinner moved ahead in 2nd set

    The Italian gets the early break and goes up 3-2 against Safiullin in the second set and grabbing the opener 6-4.

  • July 11, 2023 21:09
    Manas Dhamne knocked out

    Indian challenge at Junior Wimbledon ends as qualifier Manas Dhamne goes down 1-6, 4-6 to local player Henry Searle in the second round

  • July 11, 2023 21:04
    Sinner vs Safiullin update: Sinner takes the opener

    Eighth-seeded Italian Sinner clinches the opening set 6-4.

  • July 11, 2023 21:04
    Svitolina joins an exclusive club

    Svitolina is only the fourth wildcard in the Open Era to reach the semifinals at Wimbledon after Goran Ivanisevic (2001), Zheng Jie (2008) and Sabine Lisicki (2011).

  • July 11, 2023 21:00

    Forehand return goes long from Swiatek - Svitolina leads 15-0. Make it 30-0 as Svitolina hits a simple forehand winner in the ad court. Backhand winner down the line and Svitolina has three match points. Swiatek nets a forehand return and Svitolina does at the second time of asking! Svitolina wins 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-2 to reach her third semifinals at The Championships!!!

  • July 11, 2023 20:55
    Swiatek holds

    Swiatek stays in the match for now as she holds serve. Svitolina, leading 5-2, going to serve for a place in the semis.

  • July 11, 2023 20:52
    Svitolina on the brink of victory

    Massive service hold for the Ukrainian wildcard as she takes a 5-1 lead in the decider.

  • July 11, 2023 20:48
    Svitolina in driver’s seat now!

    Swiatek nets the inside-out forehand, trying to save the second break point. Svitolina up by double break at 4-1 and it is a huge task from here to force a comeback for the World No. 1.

  • July 11, 2023 20:44
    Svitolina consolidates the break in the decider

    Svitolina goes 40-0 up in no time but then, Swiatek hits a backhand winner down the line, a dipping backhand return drawing a faulty volley from the Ukrainian and finally, Svitolina hits a forehand just long - deuce. However, Svitolina manages to keep her advantage intact and hold. Svitolina leads 3-1.

  • July 11, 2023 20:37
    Svitolina moves ahead in 3rd set

    Swiatek saves two break points but eventually, sends a backhand long and Svitolina gets the early break to go 2-1 up.

  • July 11, 2023 20:33
    Sinner vs Safiullin quarterfinal underway

    The first men’s singles quarterfinal between Jannik Sinner of Italy and Russia’s Roman Safiullin is underway. It’s 2-2 and on serve in the opener.

  • July 11, 2023 20:32
    Swiatek vs Svitolina: Final Set begins

    Both players hold serve although Svitolina is taken to deuce game. Score: 1-1

  • July 11, 2023 20:19
    Swiatek takes second set

    Two points away from defeat, Swiatek shows her mental strength to clinch the second set 7-6(5) and take this match to a decider. Wow!

  • July 11, 2023 20:10
    Swiatek vs Svitolina: Second set tiebreak (Swiatek wins 7-5)

    Svitolina begins with a forehand winner - 1-0. Kick serve from Swiatek, Svitolina sends a short return, and the Pole puts the ball away with a forehand winner - 1-1. Svitolina gets the mini-break as Swiatek sends a forehand shot long - 2-1 to the Ukrainian. Swiatek hits a good, deep return but spoils it with a wild crosscourt forehand - 3-1 to Svitolina. T ace from Svitolina to go 4-1 up. Lob return from Svitolina just goes long - 4-2. Change of ends. Swiatek to serve, still trailing by a mini-break. Wide serve into the deuce court followed by a forehand winner in the ad court - Swiatek wins another point but trails 3-4. Slow second serve from the Ukrainian, Swiatek goes for the forehand down the line and catches the baseline - 4-4. The mini-break is gone. Crosscourt forehand return from Swiatek hits the net - 5-4 to Svitolina. Swiatek manages to find the ad corner with a forehand from the middle of the baseline - 5-5. Crosscourt backhand from Swiatek, Svitolina does not manage to reach in time and make the return - 6-5 to Swiatek. Svitolina serving to save a set point. And Swiatek wins the tiebreak as Svitolina hits the backhand shot just long. She challenges the call but the line umpire’s decision is proven to be correct by hawk-eye!

  • July 11, 2023 20:06
    Swiatek serving to stay in the match

    Begins with a backhand winner which just catches the baseline. Swiatek does well to force Svitolina to one corner but the Ukrainian manages to make the return and asks the Pole to hit a forehand down the line which Swiatek sends long - 15-all. Swiatek, this time, makes no mistake with a forehand winner down the line - 30-15. Strong serve down the T, followed by a forehand down the line from Swiatek and Svitolina eventually nets the forehand return - 40-15. Swiatek holds. Tiebreak to decide the winner of the second set (and potentially the match)

  • July 11, 2023 20:04
    Svitolina assured of a tiebreak

    The Ukrainian hits a brilliant crosscourt backhand pass to close the game and stay ahead at 6-5. Pressure back on Swiatek.

  • July 11, 2023 20:00
    Brilliant game from Swiatek

    Strong serving from the Pole and she holds to love. Five-all in the second set.

  • July 11, 2023 19:58
    Svitolina battles

    The Ukrainian saves two break points to stay ahead at 5-4 in the second set. Swiatek to serve to stay in the match.

  • July 11, 2023 19:57
    Czech the record

    Vondrousova becomes the sixth Czech woman to reach the semifinals at Wimbledon, joining Petra Kvitova, Jana Novotna, Karolina Pliskova, Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova.

  • July 11, 2023 19:56
    Vondrousova beats Pegula!!!!

    Three set points for Vondrousova. Pegula saves first with a forehand winner down the line but the Czech player converts the second with a forehand volley to reach her first-ever semifinal at Wimbledon!!!

    Final Score: Vondrousova beats Pegula 6-4, 2-6, 6-4

  • July 11, 2023 19:54
    Vondrousova breaks Pegula again!

    Stunning resilience from the left-hander as she engages Pegula in a long deuce game and eventually breaks her. Four games on the trot for Vondrousova who goes 5-4 up and will serve for a place in the semifinals!

  • July 11, 2023 19:52
    Swiatek holds

    Relentless performance from Svitolina but Swiatek hangs on to hold serve and make it 4-4.

  • July 11, 2023 19:44
    Svitolina, what a fighter!

    Svitolina keeps up the attack and draws another from the Swiatek forehand to break back. It’s 3-3.

  • July 11, 2023 19:42
    Vondrousova breaks back in 3rd set

    The left-hander from Czech Republic continues to fight as she converts her second break point. Pegula squanders the lead. Back on serve in the decider with the American up 4-3.

  • July 11, 2023 19:39
    Swiatek leads 3-2

    No mistake from Svitolina this time as she holds serve. Swiatek stays up by a break at 3-2.

  • July 11, 2023 19:34
    Swiatek breaks Svitolina early in second set

    Well, this could be a very important break of serve which should not have happened in the first place. Svitolina went up 40-0, then netted the simplest of the forehand shots. Two double faults from the Ukrainian, a forehand winner from the Pole. And Swiatek breaks to go 2-1 up!

  • July 11, 2023 19:26
    Action resumes

    Play remains suspended on outside court. On Centre Court and Court 1, it’s time to carry on.

  • July 11, 2023 19:13
    Play suspended temporarily

    It’s been the story of this year’s Wimbledon. Another rain interruption. Roof being closed on the two courts where the quarterfinals are happening.

  • July 11, 2023 19:10
    Bopanna/Ebden lose second set

    Pel/Stalder break the sixth seeds in the 10th game to take the second set 6-4. One set shootout to follow!

  • July 11, 2023 19:09
    Pegula moves ahead in the decider

    The American breaks Vondrousova for a 3-1 lead in the deciding set.

  • July 11, 2023 19:08
    Swiatek has to repeat the escape act

    The top seed has been asked to repeat what she did against Belinda Bencic in the round of 16: Come from a set down to win.

  • July 11, 2023 19:06
    Svitolina takes the opening set!

    Stunning fightback from Svitolina as she comes from 4-5 down to steal the first set 7-5. Swiatek’s backhand volley goes wide and Svitolina is pumped!

  • July 11, 2023 19:01
    Dhamne loses serve

    Henry Searle failed to convert any of the three break points in the fifth game but he does not make the same mistake in the seventh. The local favourite is up by a set and a break (6-1, 4-3) against Manas Dhamne.

  • July 11, 2023 18:56
    Swiatek fails to serve for the set

    Svitolina keeps fighting, keeps returning ball after ball and it works as she breaks Swiatek to love. Back on serve at 5-5!

  • July 11, 2023 18:49
    Swiatek survives

    A nervous service game from the number one seed but she manages to hold and stay up by a break at 5-3.

  • July 11, 2023 18:47
    Pegula strikes back!

    The American breaks Vondrousova yet again to clinch the second set 6-2. We’re going the distance on Court 1!

  • July 11, 2023 18:41
    Steady start in 2nd set for Dhamne

    Manas Dhamne, after losing the opening set 1-6 against Henry Searle, keeps things on serve at 2-1 in the second.

  • July 11, 2023 18:35
    Pegula makes first move in 2nd set

    The American, trailing by a set, needed to do something quickly and she has done that. Up by a break at 3-1 against Vondrousova.

  • July 11, 2023 18:35
    Bopanna/Ebden win opening set

    The sixth-seeded Indo-Australian duo closes the opener 7-5.

  • July 11, 2023 18:34
    Svitolina drops serve again

    The Ukrainian continues to struggle with her serve. Another long game and Swiatek eventually breaks her! 3-2 to Swiatek.

  • July 11, 2023 18:31
    Crucial break for Bopanna/Ebden

    Ebden hits one perfect backhand pass and another forehand winner bisecting Pel and Stalder to win the crucial break for the sixth seeds. They lead 6-5.

  • July 11, 2023 18:29
    Svitolina breaks back

    Swiatek seemed well on her way to close the game with a gorgeous forehand winner from the center of the baseline and a backhand volley. But somehow, a couple of forehand errors later from the Pole, things are back on serve at 2-2.

  • July 11, 2023 18:27
    Dhamne in trouble

    The Indian teenager goes a double break down against Searle who then seals the opening set 6-1 with a love hold.

  • July 11, 2023 18:22
    Bopanna/Ebden save break point

    The Indo-Australian duo is forced to save a break point. On serve for now: 4-4

  • July 11, 2023 18:19
    Svitolina on the scoreboard

    Much better second service game from Svitolina. Swiatek, however, leads 2-1.

  • July 11, 2023 18:15
    Vondrousova takes opening set

    Love hold for Vondrousova to clinch the opening set 6-4 against Pegula.

  • July 11, 2023 18:13
    Poor start from Svitolina

    The Ukrainian wildcard drops serve in the opening game against Swiatek, losing the final point with a double fault.

  • July 11, 2023 18:12
    Vondrousova gets the crucial break

    Pegula saves three break points but sends one forehand long to lose serve yet again. Her Czech opponent will serve for the opening set.

  • July 11, 2023 18:09
    Swiatek vs Svitolina match underway

    Action begins on Centre Court as Iga Swiatek takes on Elina Svitolina.

  • July 11, 2023 18:07
    Pegula breaks back

    Momentum continues to shift in this opening set between the American and her Czech opponent. Pegula brings things back on serve at 4-all.

  • July 11, 2023 18:06

    Rohan Bopanna and Manas Dhamne both are in action right now!

    Dhamne is down 0-2 in the opening set against local player Searle

    Bopanna/Ebden pair 2-2 in the first set against Pel/ Stalder

  • July 11, 2023 18:00
    Vondrousova stays ahead

    Both players hold serve and the Czech stay up by a break at 4-3.

  • July 11, 2023 17:54
    Advantage Vondrousova

    Pegula still a bit tentative on the backhand side and the Czech player makes full use of it to break again. Vondrousova leads 3-2.

  • July 11, 2023 17:49
    Nerves everywhere

    Pegula overhits a couple of backhand shots and Vondrousova gets the break back immediately. Both players, looking to reach their maiden semifinal at Wimbledon, are clearly a bit nervous.

  • July 11, 2023 17:43
    Early break for Pegula

    Vondrousova’s forehand down the line way off the mark and it gives the early break to the American who goes up 2-0.

  • July 11, 2023 17:41
    Quick hold for Pegula

    The American begins the match with a comfortable service hold.

  • July 11, 2023 17:31
    Live action coming your way!

    Jessica Pegula and Marketa Vondrousova step enter Court 1 for the first women’s singles quarterfinal.

  • July 11, 2023 17:29
    Indians in action today

    Men’s Doubles, Round of 16 - [6] Rohan Bopanna/Matthew Ebden (AUS) vs David Pel (NED)/Reese Stalder (USA)

    Boys’ Singles, Second Round - [Q] Manas Dhamne vs Henry Searle (GBR)

    Legend’s Doubles - Sania Mirza/Johanna Konta (GBR) vs Andrea Petkovic (GER)/Magdalena Rybarikova (SLO)

  • July 11, 2023 17:15
    First match of the day - Pegula vs Vondrousova

    First quarterfinal - Jessica Pegula vs Marketa Vondrousova - gets underway in 15 minutes. Here is all you need to know about the clash -

    Wimbledon 2023: Pegula vs Vondrousova, quarterfinal preview, Head-to-head record, live streaming info

  • July 11, 2023 17:00
    Where to watch

    In India, viewers can watch the live telecast of Wimbledon on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports Select and stream the matches live on Disney+Hotstar.

  • July 11, 2023 16:55
    Day 9 - Order of Play

    Centre Court

    Women’s Singles quarterfinal: [1] Iga Swiatek (POL) vs [WC] Elina Svitolina (UKR)- 6:00 PM IST

    Men’s Singles quarterfinal: [2] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [7] Andrey Rublev

    Court 1

    Women’s Singles quarterfinal: [4] Jessica Pegula (USA) vs Marketa Vondrousova (CZE)- 5:30 PM IST

    Men’s Singles quarterfinal: [8] Jannik Sinner (ITA) vs Roman Safiullin

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