Novak Djokovic Overcomes Bernard Tomic's Determination in Wimbledon Clash

Novak Djokovic defeated Bernard Tomic in the 2011 Wimbledon quarter-final

by Jovica Ilic
Novak Djokovic Overcomes Bernard Tomic's Determination in Wimbledon Clash

Novak Djokovic made a marvelous start to the 2011 season, losing one match ahead of Wimbledon and seeking the ATP throne in London. Djokovic made a convincing start and reached the quarter-final, facing the young gun Bernard Tomic in a battle for a place in the last four.

An 18-year-old Aussie qualified for the main draw at The All England Club and scored four wins to become the fourth-youngest quarter-finalist in the Open era after Bjorn Borg, Boris Becker and John McEnroe. Novak and Bernard played an entertaining duel, and world no.

2 delivered a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 triumph on Centre Court in two hours and 41 minutes. The youngster played almost flawless tennis in the third set and pushed the favorite to the limits in the fourth, only to lose ground before the tie break and miss a decider.

Novak got broken three times and delivered six return games from 15 opportunities to emerge at the top.

Novak Djokovic faced Bernard Tomic in the 2011 Wimbledon quarter-final.

Djokovic broke in the encounter's opening game on his fourth chance and served well to open a 4-2 gap.

Novak broke again in game seven to extend the lead and hit three winners at 5-2 to complete the opener in 34 minutes and gain a boost. Tomic raised his level in the second set and broke Djokovic at 2-1 thanks to Novak's double fault.

The youngster confirmed the lead with three winners in game five and squandered two break chances a few minutes later that could have pushed him further ahead. An 18-year-old served for the set at 5-3 and fired a forehand down the line winner to lock the overall result after 69 minutes.

The Aussie flew over the court in those moments, breaking the Serb at the beginning of the third set and holding for 2-0. Bernard defended two break chances in the fourth game to remain in front before Novak broke back in game six following his opponent's backhand mistake.

With momentum on his side, Djokovic broke again at 4-3 after Tomic's double fault and fired four unreturned serves in the ninth game to take five consecutive games and move in front. Novak stole Bernard's serve for the third straight time at the beginning of the fourth set and rattled off seven games to move closer to the finish line.

Bernard broke back at love in the fourth game with a forehand return winner and reached deuces on the return at 4-3, eager to chase a decider. Novak held for 4-4 and did the same at 4-5 before earning the crucial break in game 11 with a perfect drop shot. Djokovic emerged at the top with a hold at 12 for a place in his third Wimbledon semi-final.

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