By Ros Satar, at Wimbledon

  • Novak Djokovic [1] def. Roberto Bautista Agut [23] 6-2 4-6 6-3 6-2
  • Will bid for a fifth Wimbledon title on Sunday
WIMBLEDON, UK – Novak Djokovic overcame Roberto Bautista Agut to aim for a fifth Wimbledon title.

 

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Novak Djokovic [1] def. Roberto Bautista Agut [23] 6-2 4-6 6-3 6-2

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It certainly looked as through Roberto Bautista Agut’s first Slam semi-final was going to be a baptism of fire. While he looked as though he was struggling to hit through the court, defending champion Novak Djokovic looked to have no such qualms, ploughing through the first three games for a 3-0 lead and never looking as though he would be shifted off his perch.

Breaking for the first set, the Serbian set down his marker for a Sunday repeat, but his momentum slowed as his level dipped, allowing Bautista Agut a foothold in the second set. He broke for a 2-1 lead in the second set and missed his chance to build up a double-break cushion, but managed to hold Djokovic at bay to level the match.

At times looking like he was resigned to a longer than expected afternoon, and with some incredible rallies already in the bag between the pair, Djokovic edged ahead in the third set, and straight away had to fend off some spirited resistance from the Spainard as he missed out on two chances to break straight back, allowing Djokovic to edge ahead a set in the match once more.

Under sustained pressure from Djokovic, Bautista Agut fended off three break points in a long game to open the fourth set, and despite an ungainly face-plant on the turf, Djokovic broke early for the lead. He backed that up with the cushion of the second break although was made to work hard for the win, in the end getting over the line with his fifth match point.

 

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‘I would love to have a shot at as many Grand Slam titles as possible’

With this age of longevity ruling the sport and the next generation of players still to really make much of an impression, we could yet see the Big Three all make 20 Slam titles and beyond, so what keeps Djokovic motivated?

He said: “My main motivation is really to be out on the court and enjoy what I do. I know it’s a cliché. A lot of people are saying the same thing. But I think this is essential. Without that, magic cannot happen, good results cannot happen.

“I don’t see this as my job or as my work. I’ve done enough in my career, so I can, you know, stop tennis, professional tennis, at any time. But I don’t do it for those reasons.

“My first reason is because I really enjoy it. I still do. I have support from my family. Of course, I am looking to make history in this sport. Of course, I would love to have a shot at as many Grand Slam titles as possible. Those are probably the top goals and ambitions. Next to that is the historic No. 1, which is not so far away.”

The Gentlemen’s Singles final will be played on Sunday at 2pm BST.

 

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