Wimbledon 2019: Novak Djokovic beats Roberto Bautista Agut to reach final
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jul 14, 2019,
Jul 14, 2019, 0:29
He won the third set 6-3 and then took the final set 6-4.
Djokovic, however, has got more business to attend to as he prepares to face 37-year-old eight-times Wimbledon champion and number two seed Federer in Sunday's showpiece.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
"It was a joy to play today", Federer said.
Here are some of the reactions. Moments before heading on to yet another Wimbledon final, he is tested with another "there is no way" shot. Nor will Djokovic's victories in the finals of 2014 (an outstanding five-setter) and 2015 count for anything as they try to solve second-by-second riddles. He might need to experiment a couple of times against Djokovic, whose game has dipped only briefly all fortnight, in the second set against Roberto Bautista Agut.
Federer looks to extend tow of his his records and claim an eighth Wimbledon title and 21st Grand Slam singles title.
"Federer's serve is not that hard, but well placed.so Novak will get a play on most serves and then he's in the rally straight away".
"I know it's not over yet", said Federer, the oldest man to reach a Wimbledon final since Australian Ken Rosewall managed the feat aged 39 in 1974.
"And Roger said: 'No, as a matter of fact, four hundred thousand, and half of the money goes to my charity in Africa for the children, which is fantastic - but the best part of it is I get to have dinner with Rod Laver'".
Roger Federer was also asked about how he would train and go into the match against Novak Djokovic.
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Back in 2008, both Federer and Nadal were undoubtedly in the prime of their respective careers, so to expect the encore from the veterans to be anything close would be a mistake, or so we thought. Only in the final minutes, on his serve, did Federer waver, as Nadal doggedly fought off four match points, pummeling forehand winners before biffing a backhand long at the three-hour, two-minute mark.
Djokovic, 32, had faced only one seeded player (David Goffin) in breezing to Wimbledon's final four after early-round upsets bounced four top-10 players from his half of the draw. Probably I didn't play as good as I did in the previous rounds, and he played well.
The Swiss legend produced a majestic performance on Centre Court 11 years after he lost to Nadal in a classic final the last time they met in the grass-court grand slam.
Four-time Wimbledon victor and defending champion Djokovic enjoys a 25-22 edge in career meetings, stretching back 13 years.
Djokovic is secure at the top of the rankings, whatever the result, but victory would lift Federer above Nadal to No 2, which was a sore point for the Spaniard when the Wimbledon seedings were announced and he was relegated to No 3.
After being greeted to Centre Court by a standing ovation, both Federer and Nadal seemed to have an "anything you can do, I can do, too" vibe.
"I had", Djokovic said, "to dig deep". He was managing his nerves in the first set but later on he established himself and started to play better.
"I think that first set was huge. I think Djokovic is going to feel pressure, that's for sure, but then for Federer it might be his last chance".
Friday's match turned on an unbelievable 45-shot rally in the seventh game of the third set, which Djokovic won to hold serve and stay a break up.