Wimbledon 2019: Novak Djokovic overcomes Roberto Bautista Agut to enter sixth final

Tanya Simon
July 12, 2019

Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer the last time they met at Wimbledon, in 2008, in what is considered to be one of the greatest matches ever played.

Agut is excited to face the defending champion, especially after the run that he has had in the tournament so far.

Federer is aiming for his 21st Grand Slam title, while Nadal (18) and Djokovic (15) look to close the gap.

He leads Federer 25-22 and Nadal 28-26. He's also playing very differently.

Actually, there have been 64 matches already that have featured at least one tie break, which will be down on last year's 77, but it's about the same as the 67 of 2017 and more than the 60 of 2016.

For me, I expect Nadal to win it on current form, but it doesn't feel like good value taking him at 1.68 against Federer on grass, so just a small wager on no tie breaks for me.

He's struck me as the sort of player that doesn't truly believe in himself at elite level, similarly to Goffin and many others, and I'd find it hard to have any faith in him causing a shock in these circumstances. In a career illuminated by landmarks, he became the first man to register 100 match wins at a single Slam when he came back from a set down to beat Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals.

"What has impressed me most about Roger's game is his mobility, he is still able to get to every ball on the court". You can find the Novak Djokovic v Roberto Bautista Agut live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here for a match that will begin at 1 pm local time (12 noon GMT).

As Federer points out, Nadal's remodelled serve has paid dividends for the Majorcan, who has won 83% of first serve points at the All England Club.

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But Djokovic was back to his form of the first set and two breaks quickly followed.

Nadal closed that gap to just two with his 12th French Open title last month, while 32-year-old Djokovic is hot on their heels despite only winning his first major in 2008 and only adding a second three years later.

On route to the final Federer has lost two sets, whereas Nadal only the one in a tough second rounder against the charismatic Nick Kyrgios.

"Going to try to use my experience in being in these kind of matches, get myself tactically prepared", Djokovic said. However next time out in 2008 they played in the final at SW19 for a third consecutive year, and this time Nadal won in arguably the best Wimbledon final of all time 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 9-7.

Their last match on Centre Court was an absolutely classic.

If he doesn't it could be another one-sided affair for an elite player this Wimbledon.

Grass hasn't been his greatest surface - he won at Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010 then reached the final again in 2011, but didn't get past the fourth round again until a year ago.

But Djokovic was relentless and tightened his grip, breaking twice for a 4-1 lead, and eventually claimed victory on a fifth match point.

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