Novak Djokovic Gets Sweet Revenge Over Bautista Agut To Reach Wimbledon Final - UBITENNIS
Connect with us

ATP

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.

Avatar

Published

on

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.

Embed from Getty Images

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.

ATP

Injured Rafael Nadal Ousts Fritz In Wimbledon Thriller

The world No.4 is through to the semi-finals but there are new doubts over his current health.

Avatar

Published

on

Rafael Nadal has kept his chances of achieving a calendar slam alive by defeating American Taylor Fritz in a dramatic quarter-final match at Wimbledon where he struggled with injury. 

 

The second seed took a medical time out during the second set but continued to battle to a sensational 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(10-4), win over Fritz. Two days ago Nadal was seen wearing tape on his abdomen but refused to go into details when asked by reporters. Although it was clear that this issue is ongoing with the Spaniard crouching over a couple of times after serving in pain. 

“The body is generally fine. Of course, in the abdominal area, something is not going well. I had to find a way to serve a little bit differently,” said Nadal. “I was thinking during a lot of moments that I would not be able to finish the match but the energy (of Center Court) was something else.”

In the roller-coaster encounter, 19 breaks of serves occurred throughout the marathon match. During the gut-busting 260-minute showdown Nadal saw plenty of chances come and go. In each of the first two sets, he had a break advantage before losing them. He also failed to maintain a break advantage in the decider before coming through in the tiebreak. Nevertheless, he managed to come out on top with the help of 5 aces and 55 winners. 

“I enjoy playing these kinds of matches in front of you guys (the crowd),” the Spaniard continued. 
“It has been a tough afternoon against a great player. All the credit to Taylor, he has been playing great the whole season.’
“From my side, it was not an easy match and I am happy to be in the semifinal.”

The triumph is a bitter pill for Fritz to swallow who was bidding to become the youngest American man to reach the last four at Wimbledon since 2005. Until now he had been on an eight-match winning streak.

As for Nadal, he is through to his eighth Wimbledon semi-final and 38th at a major event. He is now 8-0 when it comes to playing quarter-final matches at the tournament.

Amid concerns over the abdomen, Nadal now has only two days to recover in time for his blockbuster showdown against the formidable Nick Kyrgios who came through his match in straight sets against Cristian Garin. Nadal leads their head-to-head 6-3 and has won their two previous meetings at SW19.  

“I hope to be ready to play it,” he said of the semi-final.
“TNick is a great player on all surfaces, especially on the grass. He’s having a great grass-court season and it’s going to be a great challenge. I need to be one hundred percent.”

At the age of 36 Nadal is seeking to reach his first Wimbledon final since 2011.

Continue Reading

ATP

“I Thought The Ship Had Sailed’ – Nick Kyrgios Reaches Maiden Wimbledon Semis

The 27-year-old reacts to achieving a new milestone in his career.

Avatar

Published

on

Nick Kyrgios (AUS) - Credit: AELTC/Jonathan Nackstrand

Nick Kyrgios has achieved his best-ever result at a Grand Slam tournament after beating Cristian Garin in straight sets in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. 

 

Kyrgios, who was playing in the last eight of the tournament for the first time since 2014, rallied to a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5(5) win over his Chilean rival. Becoming the first player from his country to reach the last four of the men’s draw since Lleyton Hewitt did so back in 2005.  


”I felt I was playing on the back foot a lot. He’s a hell of a player,” Kyrgios said afterward. “He’s obviously very confident. Hell of a tournament for him to make the quarter-finals. I got lucky on a couple of break points here and there. It could have been him standing here (giving the winner’s interview).”

In what was a largely controlled match from Kyrgios, he produced a total of 17 aces alongside 35 winners against 29 unforced errors. There were the occasional outbursts and criticism of the lines officials but it was by nowhere as controversial as his previous encounters against Stefanos Tsitspas in the third round and Paul Jubb in the first.

The breakthrough comes during what has been a turbulent career. Kyrgios has been a player involved in many controversies and was at one stage issued with a suspended ban from the Tour due to unsportsmanlike conduct. However, his talent was never doubted but many were unsure if he could be consistent enough to have a deep run at a major event. He once was at a pub until 4 am on the same day he was due to play Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon.

“It was an amazing atmosphere out here (on court one). I never thought I will be in the semifinal of a grand slam. I thought my ship had sailed.” He admits. 
“I didn’t go about things earlier in my career great and I may have wasted (time).’
‘I’m really proud of the way I’ve come back out here with my team and with that performance.”

As one of the few top 100 players who travel without a coach, Kyrgios paid tribute to those around him. 

“I don’t have a coach I would never put that burden on someone,” he jokes.
“Each and every one of my team plays an important role. I feel like nobody knows my tennis better than I do. I’ve been playing this sport since I was seven and to be in the semi-final of a slam I am pretty happy.”  

Kyrgios is the lowest-ranked Wimbledon semi-finalist since 2008.

Continue Reading

ATP

Novak Djokovic Survives Almighty Sinner Scare to Reach Wimbledon Semis

The dramatic encounter featured a fight back, multiple breaks of serve and even an injury scare.

Avatar

Published

on


Reigning champion Novak Djokovic staged an epic comeback to keep his hopes of winning a seventh Wimbledon title alive after ousting Jannik Sinner in a five-set thriller.

 


Djokovic, who only dropped six games against Sinner in their previous Tour meeting, was forced to battle back from two sets down to prevail 5-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, in a roller-coaster encounter on Center Court. The triumph marks Djokovic’s 84th win at the tournament which is the joint-second highest tally in history alongside Jimmy Connors. Only Roger Federer has won more.

“Huge congratulations to Jannik today for a big fight. I’m sure that there are going to be a lot of opportunities for him on the big stage. He’s mature for his age and is already an established top 15 player over the last few years,” said Djokovic.
“He was unfortunate today but he has plenty of time.”

Taking on one of the most promising future prospects of men’s tennis, Djokovic’s latest encounter was a match of two halves. Initially, he appeared as if he would suffer a shock loss to world No.13 before he managed to conjure up an emphatic comeback. Breaking Sinner’s spirit who was bidding to become only the third Italian man to reach a Wimbledon semi-final in history.

“We had two different matches. He was the better player for two sets. (Then) I went out for a toilet break, had a little pep talk (with myself) in the mirror,” the 20-time major winner revealed.
“Sometimes in these circumstances where not much is happening positively for you on the court in terms of tennis. These things are necessary – a little break and pep talk to try to recuperate.’
“I was fortunate to start well in the third set by breaking his serve and that gave me the confidence boost. I saw a bit of doubt in his game and my experience of these kinds of matches helped me.”

The first set was a roller-coaster encounter between the two tennis titans on Center Court. Reigning champion Djokovic started out guns blazing by winning seven points in a row before Sinner got onto the scoreboard after prevailing in a 17-shot rally. The top seed looked to be in full control until a double fault on break point enabled his rival to bounce back. Continuing to play some inspired tennis with blistering shot-making, a cross-court winner enabled the Italian to break once again and this time had the chance to serve the opener out. A task he passed with flying colors.

Continuing to take his game to Djokovic, Sinner appeared unfazed about trying to become the youngest men’s semi-finalist at SW19 since 2007. Producing powerful hitting from the baseline, the 20-year-old extended his lead two games into the second frame. A stunning backhand volley followed by a Djokovic error elevated him to a 2-1 advantage. Spurred on by the crowd, the unprecedented onslaught continued with the help of some costly errors from the Serbian. He sealed the double break with the help of a successful Hawk-Eye challenge before securing a two-set lead in his favor with the help of a 122mph service.

Facing a swift exit, Djokovic once again illustrated the fighting spirit that he is renowned for. Capitalizing on a blip in form from Sinner, he cruised through the third set to resurrect his chances. 

Steaming rolling his way into a decider, Djokovic continued his dominance during the fourth frame by winning four straight games. However, closing that set out was full of drama. First, Sinner suffered an injury scare after going over his ankle before continuing. Then Djokovic fended off a break point and squandered two set points before closing it out. 

A stunning sliding passing shot in the decider set Djokovic up with a chance to break and move to a game away from victory. Something he did with the help of a Sinner error which the Italian instantly regretted by putting both his hands on his head. After that mishit, Djokovic ended the clash with a love service game. 

“I’ve been blessed to play professional tennis for 20 years but nevertheless I go through those doubtful moments like everybody else. The inner fight is always the biggest fight. Once you win the fight the external circumstance is more likely to go in your favor. I knew I could turn this match around. I have done that a few times in grand slams.” Djokovic concluded.


 

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending