Alex De Minaur withdrawal hands Novak Djokovic another Wimbledon semi-final spot

Alex De Minaur has been forced to withdraw from Wimbledon ahead of his quarter-final with Novak Djokovic due to a hip injury.

De Minaur, the boyfriend of British number one Katie Boulter, sustained the issue at the end of his fourth-round victory over Arthur Fils on Monday.

The ninth seed played down the scare despite an initial shake of the head in the direction of his box on Court One, but shortly after midday on the day of his scheduled Centre Court clash with Djokovic, De Minaur pulled out of the Championships.

Alex De Minaur in distress after his victory
Alex De Minaur in distress after his victory (Zac Goodwin/PA)

“Obviously not an announcement I wanted to make by any means,” De Minaur said at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

“Yeah, I’m devastated but had to pull out due to a hip injury.

“I felt a loud crack during the last three points of my match against Fils and got a scan yesterday. It confirmed this was the injury and with high risk of making it worse if I was to step on court.

“It is no secret that at this stage of my career, it was the biggest match of my career.

“I knew the results yesterday but hoped I would wake up today and feel some sort of miracle.

“The problem with me going out and playing is one stretch, one slide, one anything can make this injury go from three-to-six weeks to four months.”

De Minaur played down suggestions the state of the Court One surface had been a factor, after Carlos Alcaraz admitted to not being comfortable on the venue on Tuesday.

He added: “I think this injury is more of a freak injury, it is an excessive amount of force made to slide on a grass court.

Alex De Minaur looks distressed
Alex De Minaur could not manage to face Novak Djokovic (Zac Goodwin/PA)

“I only did this because at the time it was match point and I went for it with a slide that was probably a little more than normal.

“It is something that there are no signs of fatigue or problems beforehand, it happened on a freak movement.”

The Australian told Novak Djokovic’s team of his decision after he attempted to practice at Aorangi Park on Wednesday morning.

“My plan always from the start was if I didn’t feel great yesterday, I knew I needed a miracle this morning,” De Minaur said.

Novak Djokovic practising at Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic practising at Wimbledon on Wednesday (John Walton/PA)

“I wanted to make sure when I did warm up to give myself a chance, I gave myself a chance to know as early as possible. I didn’t see Novak at the courts but I saw his manager and let him know.

“I am playing these tournaments and I’m in the deep end of them. That’s why it hurts, I feel close. I feel closer than every before.”

Djokovic is through to a record-equalling 13th Wimbledon semi-final as he looks to win an eighth title in SW19.