Djokovic into Wimbledon semis after De Minaur withdraws

Novak Djokovic is through to the semi-finals of Wimbledon after Alex de Minaur withdrew from their last-eight tie because of a hip injury.

The Australian ninth seed was scheduled to take on 24-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic in Wednesday's second match on Centre Court.

Djokovic, 37, is handed a walkover and will face Lorenzo Musetti on Friday as he bids to reach the final for the sixth time in seven years.

"I am devastated to pull out due to a hip injury," De Minaur said.

"I felt a loud crack during the last three points of my match against [Arthur] Fils.

"[I] got a scan yesterday and it confirmed that this was the injury and with high risk of making it worse if I was to step on court."

De Minaur defeated Frenchman Fils in four sets on Monday to reach his first quarter-final at Wimbledon.

The 25-year-old said the recovery period was between three and six weeks.

"I have been struggling to sleep the last couple of days. I feel it [when] walking," De Minaur said.

"Just hoping that I would wake up and feel it a little bit less or feel it to a point where I can at least go on court.

"But, again, I think it's almost disrespectful for me to not go on the court close to 100% against someone like Novak because there's no point of me going out there if I'm not going out there to try and win."

Novak Djokovic of Serbia
Djokovic is chasing a record-equalling eighth Wimbledon men's singles title [Getty Images]

His withdrawal helps Djokovic in his bid to win an eighth title at Wimbledon and move level with Roger Federer.

He has now moved into a 13th Wimbledon semi-final - a joint Open era record with Federer.

Djokovic has looked in excellent form at SW19, despite undergoing knee surgery just three weeks before the grass-court Grand Slam.

He made light work of 15th seed Holger Rune in the quarter-finals.

In his on-court interview afterwards, he accused fans of disrespecting him, saying they used a Rune chant as "an excuse to boo".

Wimbledon organisers have filled the slot on Centre Court with a second-round mixed doubles match featuring British duo Joe Salisbury and Heather Watson, who take on Jan Zielinski of Poland and Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei.

That will be followed by a women's invitational doubles match, with Australia's Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua playing Germany's Andrea Petkovic and Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia.