Two men — one well on his way to being an all-time great (if he’s not already) and one already entrenched there — will play for the men’s title at Wimbledon after world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer advanced Friday.
Djokovic is back in the finals, securing his spot by flying through his semifinal date with Richard Gasquet, winning in straight sets 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-4. Federer kept his hopes alive for a record eighth Wimbledon title with a 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Scotland’s Andy Murray before the partisan British crowd.
For No. 1 Djokovic, Friday’s win gave him a chance to defend his title. For No. 21 Gasquet, the loss ended his hopes of reaching his first ever final at a major. It was perhaps even more disappointing for Gasquet considering for most of the match, he was right there, at times out-hitting Djokovic and, at times, outplaying him. But in each and every set, Djokovic just managed to secure a break and just managed to stay clear of Gasquet’s best attempts to get back into it.
The beginning of Djokovic-Gasquet couldn’t have gone any worse for the Frenchman, as Djokovic immediately broke Gasquet in the second game of the match. And just like that, Gasquet fell into an early hole. The response from Gasquet, however, was promising. He broke Djokovic to get back on serve and throughout the remainder of the set, Gasquet appeared to be the better player, taking it to the world’s No. 1 player.
But when he found himself in a tiebreak against Djokovic, his play took a dip and suffered from sloppiness. And Djokovic somehow found a way to take the first set, winning the tiebreak 7-2.
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