Novak Djokovic reached his second successive Wimbledon final by overcoming eleventh seed Grigor Dimitrov who put in another mature and high-quality display, yet he failed to upset the current World no. 2 on this occasion.
The top seed seemed stronger in the beginning of the encounter, especially in the fifth game where he was handed a triple break point – the 23-year-old Bulgarian attacked in the follow-up rally, yet he overhit a forehand to suffer a crucial loss of serve. He held the remaining two service games to love, but so did Nole when serving to wrap up the opener. 95% of the Serb’s first serves were on target in that section of the match.
The second one contained more intrigue which started with Novak going a set and a break up early on. He consolidated it by averting the first of Grigor’s break point chances as the latter slipped midway through the rally. The 2011 champion then wasted a golden opportunity to double the lead which gave his rival some extra confidence and energy to break twice in a row for 5-3. He was handed a triple set point in the subsequent service game and while Djokovic rescued the first one, he was unsuccessful with challenging the ball which landed on the baseline – it was one set a piece.
The semi-finalists had little problems cancelling each other out in the third set with Grigor the only one to create a break point, but to no avail. In the end, he was too erroneous in the ensuing tie-break to put real pressure on the Belgrade native who restored a one-set advantage following a powerful service winner. A pair of breaks were exchanged as the set four commenced and a few more unconverted break points were generated later on, including a set point by Dimitrov at 5-4.
The closing act of the evenly-contested clash on the fully-packed Centre Court was a dramatic tie-breaker in which the Bulgarian squandered three further set points, whilst the last year’s runner-up converted on the second match point to win 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (9) in three hours of tennis. Djokovic will play against Roger Federer in his third title clash at the All England Club. He hit 17 aces to Dimitrov’s 15 today with the Bulgarian also conceding 8 double faults, six more than his opponent.
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