The Wimbledon crowd were left absolutely baffled and amazed after Novak Djokovic delivered one of the iconic sports moments of 2022 with an insane passing shot during his quarter-final comeback win.
Djokovic was on the brink of Wimbledon elimination when he went two sets down to the exciting Italian youngster Jannik Sinner.
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However, the 20-time grand slam winner produced one of his greatest career comebacks to defeat Sinner 5-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in three hours and 35 minutes on Tuesday.
And Djokovic may have produced one of the most iconic photos in tennis history after a trademark passing shot on the fly.
The World No.3 was leading in the fourth set when he was forced out wide on Sinner’s serve.
Sinner followed up his return with a volley in the far right corner.
Djokovic was bounding across the court before he carved open Sinner with a cross court backhand winner at full stretch.
The 34-year-old was so stretched that he fell to the ground.
And in a moment of showmanship, Djokovic stretched out his arms as if he was soaring like an eagle.
“Oh my,” the commentator said in awe.
“He was flying then.”
The image of Djokovic on the hallowed All England Club grass pretending to fly sent the tennis world in raptures.
The winner handed Djokovic a 30-40 lead on Sinner’s serve in the second set.
He went on to break Sinner and serve out the set to level the match in a remarkable comeback.
Tuesday’s victory was his 26th in a row at Wimbledon and 84th in total – tying Jimmy Connors for the second-most in men’s singles at SW19, trailing only Roger Federer’s 105.
Djokovic now stands two wins away from a drought-breaking 21st grand slam title.
His 20th came at Wimbledon last year.
He has subsequently squandered a two-set lead in the US Open final against Daniil Medvedev, been deported from Australia on the eve of the 2022 Australian Open, then lost to Rafael Nadal in the French Open quarter-finals.
Novak Djokovic’s class act for Jannik Sinner
Djokovic’s remarkable tennis was not the only classy part of his game on Tuesday.
In the fourth set, Sinner slipped on the Center Court grass as he rushed to collect a net shot from Djokovic.
The Italian appeared to be in quite a deal of pain as he clutched his ankle.
But, putting his ultra competitive nature aside, Djokovic showed his class and rushed over the net to help his opponent.
Showing concern as Sinner was attended to, Djokovic eventually helped Sinner back to his feet when the Italian was able to continue.
The duo were met with a warm round of applause.
Djokovic will now face the crowd and hometown hero Cameron Norrie in the semi-final at Wimbledon.
Ninth seed Norrie sends fans into a state of delirium with an emotion-charged 3-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Belgian David Goffin in Tuesday’s second quarter-final.
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