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Djokovic overtakes Bautista and goes to Wimbledon final

Djokovic overtakes Bautista and goes to Wimbledon final

Serbian Novak Djokovic, world number one and current champion, defeated, although not without difficulties, Spanish Roberto Bautista, signing his ticket for his sixth Wimbledon final.

Visibly uncomfortable with Bautista’s game, Djokovic needed two hours and 48 minutes to beat the 23rd-seeded Spaniard in four sets 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The 32-year-old Serbian, who is seeking his 16th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, will face another Spaniard, Rafael Nadal, or the Swiss Roger Federer in the final, who were due to play the second semifinal in the afternoon on the center court of the All England Club of London.

Djokovic, a four-time English Grand Slam champion on grass, started by controlling the match, setting the pace against a Bautista who failed to find the baseline.

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But in the second heat he seemed very destabilized by the flat and hard blow of the 31-year-old Spaniard, who showed great concentration and resisted the pressure despite playing a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time.

Confident of having beaten him twice this year, Doha and Miami, Bautista played his best tennis and took risks at the net. The exchanges became long and each point, more difficult to win.

The Serbian committed several double faults and after an umpteenth precision error even let out a great cry of frustration.

Djokovic was unconcentrated, upset, slipped three times and changed racket several times, missed his legendary rest and more than one first ball on serves, but ended up winning, helped by a Bautista who made serious mistakes in the last set.

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“I had to go to find strength very far to win, Roberto was playing his first semi-final, but he was not disturbed by the court, by the event,” Djokovic reacted later.

«In the second set, he began to settle into the match and to place his serves. The first five games of the third set were adjusted and that could have turned the game both from one side to the other, “said the Serbian with relief, who despite everything declared himself happy with his results so far in a” dream tournament. ” . AFP

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