ILast year's winner Novak Djokovic held his own in a high-class semi-final with some effort and reached the final in Wimbledon for the sixth time. Against the Spanish surprise semi-finalist Roberto Bautista Agut sat the Serbian world ranking first on Friday with 6: 2, 4: 6, 6: 3, 6: 2 by.
In his 25th Grand Slam final, 32-year-old Djokovic will meet Spanish World Ranking Rafael Nadal on Sunday, or eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer from Switzerland. Already on Saturday, the American Serena Williams wants to create the 24th Grand Slam title in the women's final against the Romanian Simona Halep and set the all-time record of the Australian Margaret Court.
In 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2018 Djokovic triumphed so far at the most traditional of all tennis tournaments. Against the Grand Slam semi-final debutant Bautista Agut Djokovic was on this cloudy summer day in the southwest of London initially a lot of playful look easy.
The outsider remains persistent
In front of about 15,000 spectators, including the former Wimbledon winner Michael Stich in the Royal Box, the title favorite was usually the better answer – no matter how much the world ranking 22. Bautista Agut also ate.
After that, the Spaniard presented as an opponent at eye level and annoyed the Serbs increasingly with its consistency and tenacity. The title favorite quarreled with it, even shook his head between the first and second serve and partly deviated from his punchy style of play. The outsider took advantage of the weakness phase, a net scooter helped him to the set compensation.
Twice the 31-year-old Spaniard had already won against the number one player in the world this year. He did not expect that he would still play in Wimbledon but on the penultimate matchday of the men. Bautista Agut had forged holiday plans before marrying in November. Six of his friends traveled to Ibiza without him, and the professional tennis player made it difficult for the 15-time Grand Slam Champion to reach the finals. In the third set Djokovic managed the break to 4: 2. Also, the net edge secured the decisive volley the repeated sentence leadership. A semifinal over five sets as a year ago against Nadal was spared him, because he no longer took the early advantage in the fourth round.
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