Coach Pepe Vendrell admits two wins over Novak Djokovic will help pupil Roberto Bautista Agut feel confident in his chances when he takes on the world No. 1 in the Wimbledon semifinal. The 31-year-old Spaniard is having quite a campaign at The All England Club as he beat Argentina's Guido Pella in the Wimbledon quarterfinal to progress into his maiden Grand Slam semifinal.
No. 23 seed Bautista Agut will now be highly motivated to continue his dream Wimbledon run but it will be all but easy against top seed and defending champion Djokovic. Bautista Agut and Djokovic will be meeting for the third time this year and for the 11th time in their respective careers when they meet on Friday.
Earlier this season, Bautista Agut clinched two wins over Djokovic after coming from a two down to beat the Serb in Doha and Miami respectively. Still the head-to-head record firmly stands on Djokovic's side as the Serb leads 7-3.
"Of course (those two wins give Bautista Agut confidence). It helps on the way that he feels that he can play and compete against Novak but that doesn't necessarily have to mean something ahead of their upcoming clash," coach Vendrell told Sport Klub.
Also, coach Vendrell added that Bautista Agut is feeling "happy and satisfied" as he will try to be "very aggressive" against Djokovic as the goal is not let the Serb dictate the rhythm.