ATP Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic downs Roberto Bautista Agut to reach final

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ATP Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic downs Roberto Bautista Agut to reach final

World no. 1 Novak Djokovic is through to his 25th Grand Slam final and the sixth at Wimbledon, defeating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours and 48 minutes. The Spaniard played on a very high level to set the 11th clash with Novak, winning the previous two and hoping for a miracle on the biggest stage at Wimbledon.

He did win a set but Novak was the better player overall, overpowering the opponent in sets three and four to earn the 71st victory at the All England Club and catch his former coach Boris Becker on the third place of the list behind Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors.

The defending champion made the difference with the first serve and was the more aggressive player on the court, hitting more winners and rushing to the net to keep the points on his racquet and move Bautista Agut away from the comfort zone.

Novak played against five break points, getting broken only once and keeping Roberto under all kind of pressure all the time, forcing him to play at 100% all the time to stay competitive. Djokovic broke in the second game of the match after a backhand error from the Spaniard, serving well and securing the opener with another break in game eight for a 6-2 after 36 minutes.

The Spaniard raised his level in set number two, hitting 13 winners and just five unforced errors (he had that many after only a few games in the opener), dropping four points behind the initial shot and breaking Novak in game three with a forehand winner to gain the advantage.

Roberto clinched the set with a lucky net cord in the tenth game to level the overall score and staying in touch with Novak in the first half of the third set before the Serb delivered a break at 3-2 with a smash winner, saving two break points in the next game to close the set with a volley winner at 5-3 that pushed him closer to his goal.

As was expected, Novak was in the league of his own in set number four, breaking the rival in games three and five and converting the fifth match point in game eight to book the spot in the final.