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De Minaur pulls out of Wimbledon with hip injury

Alex de Minaur says he is devastated to have to pull out of Wimbledon with a hip injury, just hours before he was due to play Novak Djokovic in his first quarter-final at the All England Club.

The No.9 seed suffered the injury on the winning point of his last-16 match against Arthur Fils on Monday, a result that set him up for his maiden last-eight appearance against the great seven-times champion.

Now his withdrawal on Wednesday morning has given Djokovic a free pass into the semi-final, where he’ll face Taylor Fritz or Lorenzo Musetti on Friday.

“Obviously not an announcement I wanted to make by any means,” De Minaur said at a press conference at the All England Club.

“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 a high risk of making it worse if I were 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.”

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