World No 2 takes on Roger Federer after semi-final wins over Dimitrov & Raonic respectively
London: Novak Djokovic moved a step closer to his second Wimbledon title as the top seed booked his third appearance in the final with a gritty 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (9/7) victory over Grigor Dimitrov yesterday.
Novak Djokovic celebrates his semi-final win over Grigor Dimitrov at the All England Tennis Club in London yesterday. Pics/AFP
Djokovic, who won the Wimbledon title in 2011, rarely hit peak form in a patchy semi-final on Centre Court, but showed all his battling qualities to overcome the Bulgarian 11th seed in a three hour and two minute war of attrition.
The 27-year-old, a six-time Grand Slam winner, will face seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in his 14th Grand Slam final.
Seven-time champion Federer demolished Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to reach his ninth Wimbledon final.
Roger Federer plays a return shot to Milos Raonic yesterday
Federer will be chasing a record eighth Wimbledon title and 18th Grand Slam crown overall. World No 2 Djokovic will reclaim top spot in the rankings from Rafael Nadal for the first time since September 2013 if he lifts the trophy in his third Wimbledon final in four years on Sunday.
Djokovic has been beaten in five of his last six Grand Slam finals, with his last major triumph coming at the 2013 Australian Open, and he admitted he is desperate to end that frustrating run this weekend.
"I'm looking forward to another championship match, especially considering I have lost the last couple of finals," he said.