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Familiar face: Novak Djokovic is eyeing a sixth SW19 final
Familiar face: Novak Djokovic is eyeing a sixth SW19 final

By Steve Simpson

World No.1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic is a heavy favourite for a sixth Wimbledon final as he takes on Roberto Bautista Agut in the last four today.

The Spaniard has never got this far in a Grand Slam and clearly was not expecting to this year as he booked his stag do in Ibiza for this week.

He has beaten Djokovic twice in 2019, but the Serbian is banking on his experience to get over the line.

"He's been definitely playing some very, very high-quality tennis in this tournament," he said.

"He has won twice against me so far this year. That's certainly going to give him confidence.

"Playing on grass, it's different. Semi-finals of a Grand Slam, I'm going to try to use my experience in being in these kind of matches. Hopefully I can execute everything I intend to do."

The four-time champion reached his ninth Wimbledon semi-final on Wednesday, losing only six games against David Goffin. It's the fewest number of games Djokovic has ever lost in a Grand Slam quarter.

"I've been playing my best tennis in the last two rounds, fourth round and quarter-final. Especially in the second and third set against Goffin, who was in form, I felt like I managed to dismantle his game and always find the right shots," Djokovic said.

But if the Serbian has had a kryptonite in 2019, a year in which he's gone 33-6, it might be Bautista Agut. The Spaniard has beaten Djokovic both times they've played this year and three of the past five, although Djokovic still leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 7-3.

Asked for the toughest thing about his rival's game, Djokovic said: "His ability to stay in the point even when it seems like he's on the back foot. He's got amazing consistency with his shots, very flat from both forehand and backhand."

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