Djokovic Holds Off Dimitrov To Reach Third Wimbledon Final
Wimbledon, Great Britain
by ATP Staff|
World No. 2 Novak Djokovic reached his third Wimbledon final in four years on Friday as he defeated first-time semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(7) on Centre Court.
The Serb will look to add to the Wimbledon title he won in 2011 (d. Nadal) when he plays Roger Federer in Sunday’s final. Djokovic is looking to win his seventh Grand Slam championship and first since the 2013 Australian Open.
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The 27-year-old Djokovic has finished runner-up in his past three major finals at Wimbledon (l. to Murray) and the US Open (l. to Nadal) last year and last month at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal).
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“Considering I have lost the last couple of Grand Slam finals – and I could have won them all – I’m looking forward to it,” Djokovic told BBC television. “It will be a big challenge, a big match. Whomever I play, I will have to be on top of my game. I look forward to competing.”
The 23-year-old Dimitrov had reached his first Wimbledon semi-final after stunning defending champion Andy Murray in three sets in the quarter-finals. The Bulgarian is set to crack the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday after going on a 10-match winning streak, which saw him win his fourth ATP World Tour title at The Queen’s Club leading into Wimbledon.
“In the semis of Wimbledon playing a future star, he deserves respect, it was a tough match overall,” said Djokovic, who saved three set points in the fourth set tie-break when he trailed 3-6. “The fourth set could have gone either way. I started well, was up a set and a break, points for double break. But like I did against Cilic [in the quarter-finals], I allowed him to get back in the match. Overall I’m really glad to reach another Wimbledon final.
“Dimitrov has quality shots, especially his running forehand, and great touch. He plays equally well when he's aggressive and when he’s defensive. That’s part of his game that he has improved immensely in the past six to eight months. It was a good win for me. I’m really glad to be part of another entertaining match. Now I’m looking forward to the championship match.”
Reflecting on the match, Dimitrov said, "Of course I'm frustrated. I came out on the court to win. I think I had a pretty slow start, but at some point I think I got my act together and I was really playing good tennis. You never know what would have happened if I had taken that fourth set. I think at the same time I had my momentum. It's just he came out on top today, so all the credit to him."