Wimbledon Day 11: Djokovic cruises into final, Federer makes light-work of Murray

Defending champion Novak Djokovic marched into his fourth Wimbledon final in five years as the Serbian overcame the challenge of Frenchman Richard Gasquet with a 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 6-4 straight sets win.

Gasquet took the game to the Serbian in the first set as Djokovic failed to find a rhythm and denied the world number one any chance of a break of serve as the 21st seed forced Djokovic into a tie-breaker.

However that is when it all started to crumble for the Frenchman, as Djokovic claimed the first set 7-6 (7/2) as Gasquet’s return was too long after a wide serve from the Serbian.

Novak Djokovic is through to his fourth Wimbledon final image: bbc.co.uk

Novak Djokovic is through to his fourth Wimbledon final
image: bbc.co.uk

The 28-year-old continued to up his game as he bagged his first break point of the match in the first game of the second set as a net approach from Gasquet proved to be the wrong decision as Djokovic whipped a winner past the Frenchman.

Gasquet squandered the chance for two break points in the fourth game which could have been vital for the Frenchman to find a way back into the match but Djokovic was not to slip up again – despite receiving medical attention on a shoulder injury – as he raced into a 2-0 lead.

Gasquet would not let history repeat itself as he saved a break point in his opening serve of the third set but the Serbian did get the break in the third game and from then, there was no way back for the 29-year-old – despite saving two match points – as Djokovic marched on towards a 17th grandlsam final.

It will be a battle of the world number one against the second seed in the final on Sunday, as Roger Federer oozed class as the Swiss man recorded a 7-5 7-5 6-4 victory over Britain’s Andy Murray to reach a tenth Wimbldeon final.

Seven-time champion Roger Federer denied Murray a break point in the opening game and from there, both men denied the other to get a stranglehold on the opening set. As it looked like a tie-break loomed, Federer broke Murray for the set with a fierce backhand falling at the Scot’s feet.

Roger Federer is through to his first Wimbledon final since 2012 image: bbc.co.uk

Roger Federer is through to his first Wimbledon final since 2012
image: bbc.co.uk

Andy Murray would not be deterred as he showed great spirit to try to get back level, including a hard-fought game in the second set as he saved five set points in the tenth game to deny Federer taking a 2-0 lead.

However, it was deja vu for the third seed as Federer once again broke Murray’s final service game as he raced to net and smashed down a winner to win the second set.

It proved too much of a mountain for Murray to climb and in the tenth game of the third set, Murray was broken again when he swung a forehand too wide to hand Federer a third break point and the match.

It was simply a masterclass from the Swiss man and will now look to secure an eight title, which would make his the most successful man of all-time at Wimbledon but will have to overcome another man in-form in the shape of Novak Djokovic to do so.

You can find out more results from day 11 at Wimbledon, including all the doubles action, at this link

Personal reflection

I was expecting a close game between Murray and Federer, but what a performance from the Swiss man. I am not usually a fan of Federer but that was one hell of a win. At 33-years-old, he is showing no signs of fading. In fact, he seems to be getting better.

Novak Djokovic also has a convincing win, but the Serbian has had an easy route to the final. Federer will bring Djokovic his toughest test at the tournament and if Federer plays like he did today, I think the second seed will have an eight Wimbledon title come Sunday.

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