Novak Djokovic vs Roberto Bautista Agut : Reigning champion Novak Djokovic is bidding to reach another Wimbledon final but he must overcome a two-match losing streak against debutant semi-finalist Roberto Bautista Agut.
Top seed Djokovic was beaten by Bautista Agut, who is seeded 23rd, in Doha and Miami over three sets earlier this year.
The winner will face either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s final.
Boris Becker, a three-time Wimbledon champion and Djokovic’s former coach, experts a difficult battle for the Serbian.
As soon as the draw was made for the men’s singles at Wimbledon, the presumption was that the final four would be Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and one other.
And so it has proved. The “Big Three'” have been in brilliant form thus far, with flashes of the dominance that has seen them win all but two of the Wimbledon singles titles since 2003 (Andy Murray has won those other two).
Roberto Bautista Agut, the No. 23 seed from Spain, is the “other” person making up this year’s final four, and he will face defending champion Djokovic in one of Friday’s semifinals, with Nadal and Federer meeting in the other for their first Wimbledon clash since the epic final of 2008.
So how will things play out? We turned to ESPN’s writers at Wimbledon to get their thoughts.
Djokovic* 2-0 Bautista Agut (denotes next server)
Missed forehand by RBA for 0-15, before some superb low shots at the net, Bautista Agut’s backhand perfectly weighted for the point.
Sloppy forehand though from the Spaniard, bit tight and down 15-30. Now two break points after another forehand error. Long by RBA! Djokovic breaks.
Djokovic 1-0 Bautista Agut* (denotes next server)
Bit of wind around the court as Djokovic takes his time, down 0-15 after a fine Bautista Agut return (if I shorten to RBA, you know who I mean).
15-15 after a decent rally, before RBA scoops a backhand long. Djokovic quickly wraps things up with two good serves.