Current World number one Novak Djokovic’s superb performance was too much for David Goffin to curtail as he reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon 2019.
The Serbian tennis star went on a break down in the first set to the speedy Belgian before turning it round in clinical fashion to win 6-4 6-0 6-2.
The top seed is chasing a fifth Wimbledon crown and 16th Grand Slam.
“He started well,” Djokovic told BBC television. “He was dictating the play from the baseline.
“Things could have gone a different way – who knows what the match would have looked like if I had lost the first set – but I was very pleased with the second and third.”
Djokovic had lost to world number 23 Goffin in their previous meeting two years ago in Monte Carlo and so it was no surprise that the Belgian came out fired up for a repeat.
The 28-year-old put early pressure on Djokovic, taking him to deuce in the Serb’s opening service game and forging two break points in his second, before breaking in his fourth with dominant play from the baseline.
But that was the last thing that went the Belgian’s way as Djokovic sent over a beautiful drop shot to break back immediately and then never looked back, rattling off 10 games in a row.
“I had a tough match in the third round,” Djokovic said, referring to his four-set win over Hubert Hurkacz. “Other than that, I’ve won in straight sets and played really well throughout the tournament.
“It’s exactly what I wanted and hopefully I can go in the right direction in the semis as well.”
The 32-year-old defending Champion will face Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut or Argentina’s Guido Pella for a place in Sunday’s final.
By Olukayode Oniwinde