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Novak Djokovic Gets Sweet Revenge Over Bautista Agut To Reach Wimbledon Final

The world No.1 has set up a showdown with either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal.



WIMBLEDON: Novak Djokovic is a win away from his fifth Wimbledon title after fighting his way past Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. 6-2, in their semi-final clash on Friday.


The world No.1 was issued with a stern test on route to his 25th grand slam final. The third highest amount of all-time. Bautiata Agut’s ability to match his pace was something that drew outbursts of anger from Djokovic during what was a at times thrilling encounter at The All England Club. In total Djokovic hit 42 winners to 29 unforced errors and more importantly saved four out of the five break points he faced.

“I had to dig deep. Of course, it was the semi-finals (of a grand slam) and Roberto was playing in his first. Regardless of that, he was not overwhelmed by the stadium or occasion. He played really well.” Djokovic told BBC TV.
“During the first set, he was probably still managing his nerves and making some uncharacteristic unforced errors. Then at the start of the second, he established himself and started to play better.’
“I’m glad it went my way.”

Whilst he is yet to crack the top 10, Bautista Agut had been a player of nightmares for Djokovic in 2019. Suffering two losses to the Spaniard in Doha and Miami. Nevertheless, on the green grass at Wimbledon, the world No.1 was eager to get his revenge as he got off to a rapid start. Dismantling Bautista Agut’s opening service game on route to a 3-0 lead. Laying down the mark early on, the top seed continued to boss his rival around the court, who was allowed to only display glimmers of his true talent. Cruising to a 5-2 lead, Djokovic clinched the opener on his first set point. Returning a 119 mph Bautista Agut serve that fazed the Spaniard as he ended up hitting a forehand shank.

Despite the dream start, Djokovic was by no means out of danger. At the start of the second set, Bautista Agut started to regain his footing with the help of a break in his favor. Prompting huge roar around the center court from the crowd, who were seeking a competitive clash. Reminiscent of their three previous grand slam meetings, the world no.22 went on to take a set off the top seed. Doing so with a forehand shot the brushed the top on the next before landing on the other side. Prompting disbelief on Djokovic’s face as more cheers erupted. The key aspect of the comeback was Bautista Agut’s ability to win 93% of his first service points.

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With his back against the wall, the mood of the 15-time grand slam champion was one of frustration. Bemused by the fact he was unable to come up with a solution to tame the threat he faced. Fighting hard, Djokovic eventually restored order in his favor. Engaging in marathon baseline exchanges, a smash at the net enabled him to break for a 4-2 lead in the third. Prompting him to let out an almighty roar and fist pump towards his encourage watching as he rallied towards the two-set lead.

Edging towards a place in his sixth Wimbledon final, Djokovic continued to wear down his rival. His next breakthrough occurred three games into the fourth set when a backhand from the 23rd seed drifted long. Gifting Djokovic another break as he strolled to a game away from victory. It would be on his fifth match point when he prevailed after hitting a serve down the middle which Bautista Agut returned into the net.

“This has been the dream tournament for me ever since I was a child.” The four-time champion reflected. “So to be in the final is a dream come true. Regardless of the history and the many grand slam finals I have played, Wimbledon is something different.”

Djokovic will play either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal in the final. Making it the 22nd time he has taken one of those players in the final stage of a major tournament.

“I’m a fan of that match-up. Federer and Nadal are one of the most epic rivalries of all time. It will be good to see them play.” He concluded.

Djokovic has now won 12 out of 13 grand slam semi-finals playing during his career. His only loss was to Dominic Thiem at the French Open earlier this year.


Fabio Fognini and Taylor Fritz win singles matches in Madrid



The clash between Italy and the USA came down to a decisive doubles match at the Caja Magica in Madrid after Fabio Fognini and Taylor Fritz won their respective singles matches.


Fabio Fognini  beat Relly Opelka 6-4 6-7 6-3 after 1 hour and 54 minutes to give Italy a much-needed win to the Italian team.

Fognini earned an early break at 1-1 after two errors from Opelka and dropped just five points in five service games. Fognini did not face a break point to close out the first set 6-4 in 33 minutes.

Both players stayed neck and neck setting up a tie-break. Opelka earned a mini-break to take a 5-3 lead in the tie-break and earned three set points. The US player sealed the first set point, but Opelka converted his second chance 7-4.

Opelka saved the first break point with an ace, but Fognini converted his second chance with a forehand passing shot in the second set to take a 2-0 lead. Fognini dropped just three points to build up a 5-2 lead. Fognini served out the win on his first match point to give Italy a 1-0 win.

“I am tired for sure because it was tough. One of the things I did today was my serve, don’t ask me why. I am surprised about that”, said Fognini.

Taylor Fritz came back from one set down to beat Matteo Berrettini 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 in the second match. Berrettini saved a break point in the second game with a forehand down the line and a service winner. In the fifth game Fritz saved two break points in the fifth game. Berrettini broke serve in the 11th game to take a 6-5 and sealed the first set on his first set point.

In the third set both players stayed neck and neck til the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. In the seventh game Fritz saved a break point. Berrettini held his serve at love. Fritz closed out the second set at 6-5 after 51 minutes.

Berrettini saved two consecutive break points in the first game of the third game. Fritz rallied from 0-30 down to hold his serve for 1-1. Fritz broke twice in the third and fifth games to race out to a 5-1 lead. Berrettini saved a match point and held his serve for 2-5, but Fritz sealed the win on his second match point.

“Playing for my country is all the motivation I need. I just kept digging, kept fighting. It was really close. I lost the first set by close margin, and I told myself to tough out the second set like I know I can do, and my aggressive and fitness carried me through the third”,said Fritz.

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Germany takes a 3-0 lead over Argentina



Phillip Kohlschreiber and Jan Lennard Struff scored two win in the singles matches over Argentina’s Guido Pella and Diego Schwaartzman.


Kohlschreiber came back from one set down to beat Guido Pella 1-6 6-3 6-4 scoring his 23rd Davis Cup win. Pella earned two consecutive breaks in the fourth and the sixth games to cruise through to a 6-1 lead. Kohlschreiber served well in the second set and broke serve in the sixth game. The German veteran player saved two break points to force the match to the decisive set. Kohlschreiber broke serve in the first game and did not drop in his five service games in the third set. He sealed the win at 5-4 on his fifth match point.

Jan Lennard Struff beat Diego Schwartzman 6-3 7-6 (10-8) after 1 hour and 50 minutes in the second match. Struff earned the first break after a backhand error from Schwartzman and held on his serve with a forehand winner to open up a 3-1 lead.

Schwartzman wasted his only break point in the fifth game. Struff held his serve with a volley winner in the ninth game to take a 6-3 win.

Both players stayed neck and neck holding on their serve in the second game until 4-4 when Struff broke serve with a backhand error. Schwartzman fended off a match point and broke back with a backhand down the line winner in the 10th game. Schwartzman saved the match point at 5-6 with a service winner. The Argentine did not convert a set point at 8-7 before Struff won the final two points with two winners.


Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies battled past Maximo Gonzales and Leonardo Mayer 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (20-18) after saving six match points in the tie-break of the third set (the longest tie-break in Davis Cup history) to give Germany a 3-0 win.

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Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hugues Herbert seal a hard-fought win in decisive doubles match



Ten-time Davis Cup champions France beat Japan 2-1 scoring the fifth win in as many Davis Cup matches against the Asian team.


French star Jo Wilfried Tsonga reeled off seven games from 4-2 in the first set to beat Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-2 6-1 in 58 minutes in his 12th Davis Cup season.

Tsonga saved two break points and converted four of the five break points. The Frenchman held four service games and broke twice in the fourth and eighth games to take a 6-2 lead.

Tsonga broke twice in the second and fourth games and closed out the match in the seventh game after saving two break points.

“It was very important for our team to start well. I am also happy about my game, what I did today, so I hope it continues like this”, said Tsonga.

 Yoshihito Nishioka claimed 9 of the last 11 games in his 7-5 6-2 win over Gael Monfils in 66 minutes to level the score at 1-1 sending the tie into a decisive doubles match. The Japanese player saved one break point and earned two breaks to seal the win in straight sets.

“I wanted to show to the whole world Japan are still strong. Of course, if Key was here we would be strong, but even when he is not here, we can play. Hopefully next time Kei is here and we can play better”, said Nishioka.

Both players traded breaks at the start of the first set and stayed neck and neck until the 11th game of the first set when Nishioka got the break at 5-5 to seal the first set. Nishioka broke twice to seal the second set 6-2.

Last week’s ATP Finals doubles champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hugues Herbert fought back from losing the first set to beat Ben McLachlan and Yasutaka Uchyama 6-7 6-4 7-5 after 2 hours and 40 minutes.

After losing the first set at the tie-break, Herbert and Mahut broke serve in the fifth game to win the second set 6-4. Herbert and Mahut went up a break in the third set. Uchiyama and Nishioka got the break back in the 10th game, when Herbert and Mahut were serving for the match. Mahut and Herbert got another break at 5-5 and held at 15 to seal the decisive win for France.

“They played at a very high level. We know we have arrived late from London, but the captain had a lot of confidence in our team. We were 1-1, we really had to win to give France the win. There was a lot of intensity in the win but we are really happy today, this was a really difficult tie”, said Mahut.  

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