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Djokovic sees off Bautista-Agut challenge to reach SW19 showpiece

12th July 2019, 16:31 by Gareth Freeman

Defending champion Novak Djokovic is through to the Wimbledon final after claiming a 3-1 win over Roberto Bautista-Agut.

Djokovic raced into a 3-0 lead in the first set as the occasion appeared to get the better of first-time Grand Slam semi-finalist Bautista-Agut in the opening exchanges.

The world number one broke his opponent's serve again in the eighth game of the first set to take the opener 6-2 but the Spaniard fought back in the second, breaking Djokovic in the third game and then serving out to level matters.

The third set was key as Djokovic broke in the sixth game and then saved two break points himself in next before holding out to reclaim the advantage.

Djokovic upped his level further in the fourth and opened up a 5-1 lead, but Bautista-Agut wasn't quite done as he held serve and went on to save four match points before the Serbian star finally managed to finish the match, wrapping up a 6-2 4-6 6-3 6-2 victory in two hours and 50 minutes.

The four-time SW19 champion will face either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal in the final on Sunday and he revealed in his BBC interview after his last four win that he and his team would be keeping a close eye on their clash, adding he sees Federer against Nadal as "one of the most epic rivalries of all-time".

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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