Novak Djokovic was imposed on Friday in four sets to the brave challenge posed by the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut, advancing to a new Wimbledon final, which will seek to defend its current title against the winner of the match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
The victory by 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 and 6-2 sealed the passage of the Serb to the last instance of the tournament on British grass, where he will try to achieve his fifth crown and his title number 16 Grand Slam. Friday’s result marked the 12th triumph in his last 13 semifinals in major tournaments.
Djokovic won the first set with some comfort, but could not respond to the tough challenge posed in the second by Bautista, head of series number 23, who disputed his first semifinal Grand Slam animated after winning the last two crosses with the world number one.
“Roberto was not overtaken by the fact of playing this instance,” said Djokovic after the match. “He played really well, managed his nerves in the first set and then began to play better. There were four or five games of the third set very even, their things could have changed.
The Spaniard scored the second leg thanks to improved service and a series of rare errors of his rival.
The meeting lived a spectacular point in the seventh game of the third set when both players exchanged a series of 45 strokes that was decided on the side of Djokovic, who ended up breaking the serve of his opponent and managed to impose from then on his total control until the end.