Novak Djokovic defeats Ernests Gulbis to advance to French Open final

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Novak Djokovic16 Novak Djokovic defeats Ernests Gulbis to advance to French Open final

The French Open 2014 might prove to be a milestone tournament for Novak Djokovic as he is only a step away from completing a career Grand Slam after battling past eighteenth seed Ernests Gulbis who threw out Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych en route to his debut Grand Slam semi-final. The second-seeded Serb was leading the head-to-record 4-1 prior to this afternoon’s encounter at the Court Philippe Chatrier.

While the 25-year-old Latvian created the first pair of break points in the opener, it was Nole who broke the deadlock in the fifth game and came up with a set point when his rival double-faulted at 5-3. The latter tried hard to keep the set alive, yet Novak hurried to wrap it up and he did so when Gulbis conceded a forehand error which was happening on a regular basis in that part of the match. The second set progressed quickly as the serves remained unthreatened until Djokovic capitalized on the single break point at 4-3 and went two sets clear after the underdog netted yet another forehand at the end of the subsequent service game.

A highly competitive third set followed in which the Belgrade native first rescued a couple of break points in the longest game of the clash where Gulbis returned from 0-40, but was not concentrated enough to get his nose in front. However, the level of his play was evidently higher in those moments and he finally broke the favorite a couple of games later. He now needed a hold to reduce the lead and he crowned his elevated third set performance by smashing an ace to make it 2-1 in sets.

The athletes traded breaks soon after the set four commenced, but held comfortably from then on, so Nole’s break point at 4-3 came as a bit of a surprise. Nevertheless, the Serb gladly accepted the gift before preparing a triple match point – the first one did the trick for Djokovic who secured the spot in Sunday’s final by winning 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 and will now wait for the outcome of the Nadal-Murray classic which will take place in Paris later today.

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