Tuesday 25 October 2016

Djokovic sees off Gasquet for clash of titans

Defending champion Novak Djokovic emphatically booked his place in a fourth Wimbledon final with a clinical 7-6(2) 6-4 6-4 defeat of gallant Richard Gasquet.

Underdog Gasquet offered fans on a sun-baked Centre Court plenty of "oooh-aahh" moments with his trademark single-handed backhand but there were not enough to really concern the world number one who looked supreme.

There were a few more unforced errors than normal off the Djokovic racket in a tight first set but once he cruised through the tiebreak he bolted the door on the 21st seed whose wait for a first grand slam final continues.

In the second and third sets a miserly Djokovic made just nine unforced errors and his only slight concern was a stiff shoulder that needed a couple of visits from the trainer.

In the final the 28-year-old Serb will face seven-times Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, the man he beat in five sets to win his second Wimbledon title last year.

"It was a good performance, considering the occasion. It's always tough. Richard had a great tournament and deserved to be in the semis," said the eight-times grand slam champion. "The first set could have gone his way, luckily it went to me."

While Federer leads the rivalry 20-19, the Serbian world number one will be boosted by the knowledge that he has won four of their six meetings over the past year.

But when it comes to Wimbledon, Djokovic knows that Federer's silky-smooth game takes on a new dimension.

"This is where he loves to play. This is where he plays his best tennis. The Centre Court of Wimbledon, seven titles. It's his court."


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