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Wimbledon: Djokovic advances to final round with win over Roberto Bautista Agut

By Jake Elman
Wimbledon: Djokovic advances to final round with win over Roberto Bautista Agut
Novak Djokovic can win his fifth career Wimbledon title after Friday's victory in the semi-finals round. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | License Photo

July 12 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Novak Djokovic clinched a spot in the Wimbledon men's singles final with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6- 2 victory over Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday in London.

Djokovic, 32, held off No. 23 seed Bautista Agut to reach the final round for the second straight year. Djokovic beat Kevin Anderson last summer for his fourth career Wimbledon championship.

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"He played really well," Djokovic said. "The first few games of the third set [of] the match could have gone a different way, but I am glad it went my way."

Djokovic will play either Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer in the finals Sunday at 9 a.m. EDT. The championship match will air on ESPN.

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Sunday's final round is Djokovic's 25th Grand Slam final. He beat Nadal in January's Australian Open for his other major win this year.

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The Centre Court crowd openly rooted for the Spanish underdog to pull off the upset. A frustrated Djokovic taunted fans by putting his finger to his ear during the third set.

Djokovic celebrated his victory with an emphatic fist pump. His 64 four-set Grand Slam wins are the most in Open Era (since 1968) tennis history.

Djokovic also won Wimbledon in 2011, 2014 and 2015. He was the runner-up to Andy Murray in 2013.

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