World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, the four-time Wimbledon champion, leads No. 23 seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-2 on Friday in their semi-final on Centre Court at The Championships.
The Serbian sailed through the first set with two service breaks, hitting 12 winners to seize the momentum in the pair’s 11th FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting (Djokovic leads 7-3). Bautista Agut won their past two ATP Tour meetings at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open and at the Miami Open presented by Itau this season.
Bautista Agut won the first point of the match, with a forehand, but Djokovic immediately took control, content on rallying with the Spaniard from the baseline. Through two games, Bautista Agut had committed four forehand errors in his first Grand Slam championship semi-final and Djokovic turned the screw en route to a 3-0 advantage. Bautista Agut settled after winning his first service game in the fourth game, but Djokovic’s relentless intensity meant he won few easy points. Djokovic completed the 37-minute first set with a backhand return, which saw Bautista Agut overhit a forehand in response. Djokovic won 93 per cent of his first-service points and committed just five unforced errors in the opening passage of play.
With his first love service hold, Bautista Agut relaxed and he broke Djokovic to 15 for a 2-1 lead after a powerful forehand winner. Errors began to creep into Djokovic’s game, but shortly prior to the start of the fifth game a spectator was taken ill and play was suspended for a few minutes.