Wimbledon 2019: Novak Djokovic plays Roberto Bautista Agut in first men’s semi-final


Bautista Agut had to change his bucks party plans after unexpectedly making the final four of the year’s third grand slam but he probably wished he was sipping pina coladas in Ibiza rather than being handed a tennis masterclass by the world No. 1 in the opening set on Centre Court.

Djokovic surged to a 3-0 lead before Bautista Agut held serve for the first time to get on the board. But he was broken again and the Serbian had no trouble closing out the first set 6-2 in just 36 minutes as he shoots for a Wimbledon final appearance against either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic won 93 per cent of points on his first serve and pulled out some roaring forehand winners — both cross-court and down the line. The brilliant baseliner was just as comfortable at the net, winning eight of 12 points when he advanced up the court.

Djokovic made just five unforced errors to Bautista Agut’s 11 and barely broke a sweat before beginning the second set.

Novak’s plan wasn’t going as expected.

Novak’s plan wasn’t going as expected.Source:Getty Images

But Bautista Agut hit back, breaking early to go up 3-1 before play was halted because of an issue in the crowd.

A spectator required medical attention and the match came to a stop for several minutes as paramedics attended to the fan.

By this stage Bautista Agut was returning brilliantly, particularly off his backhand wing, and gave himself two more break points before and unforced error and a Djokovic ace brought things back to deuce.

The Serb eventually held his serve and Bautista Agut did the same with ease next game to maintain his buffer as he went 4-2 ahead.

The Spanish star stayed calm and clinched the set with a fortuitous net cord to level things up in the match. The crowd roared for Bautista Agut and Djokovic gestured for the fans to get even more involved with their support for the rank outsider.