Novak Djokovic battles through to Wimbledon final

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Serbia's Novak Djokovic cups his ear as he celebrates winning a game against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut during a men's singles semifinal match on day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Novak Djokovic celebrates winning a game against Roberto Bautista Agut. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Despite losing the second set and looking slightly unsteady, Novak Djokovic pulled through the men’s semi-final to enter his sixth Wimbledon final.

There were points where it seemed the semi-final could fall towards his opponent, the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, but on his fifth match point attempt, he won 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Bautista Agut had in fact booked his stag weekend in Ibiza for this week, not thinking that he would be in the second week of the tournament, even less in a semi-final.

The battle was full of ups and downs, including the longest rally of the tournament at 45 shots.

Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut returns the ball to Serbia's Novak Djokovic during a men's singles semifinal match on day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Bautista Agut returns fought valiantly against Djokovic. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

In his post-match interview, the Serb said: “This has been the dream tournament for me since I was a child, so to be in another final is a dream come true. Playing finals in Wimbledon is something different, so I will definitely enjoy that experience.”

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The semi-final match directly after his will be the hotly anticipated Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal meetup - they will face each other for the first time at Wimbledon 11 years after their dynamic meeting at the 2008 Wimbledon final.

“Of course I will watch it, I’m a fan of that match-up as well. Federer vs Nadal is one of the most epic rivalries of all time, so it’ll be fantastic to seem them play today,” said Djokovic.

The men’s final of Wimbledon takes place on Sunday, and will be shown live on BBC One.

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