Novak Djokovic vs Roberto Bautista Agut, Wimbledon 2019: live score and latest updates




 
2:54PM

Djokovic* 6-2 4-6 2-2 Bautista Agut (denotes next server)

Sloppy forehand from RBA drops wide, 15-15, but Djokovic can't pull off a backhand slice drop shot. 30-15, another Djok backhand into the net, before RBA wins it with an ace.

Look who's back in the Royal Box.

2:51PM

Djokovic vs The Fans

2:50PM

Djokovic 6-2 4-6 2-1 Bautista Agut* (denotes next server)

30-0 for Djokovic following a forehand into the net. Being put through his paces behind that baseline.

First double fault of the match makes it 30-15 but he recovers with a forehand slice, having a chat with his box in Serbian. Great passing backhand shot by RBA, applauded by Djokovic. Easily the best backhand from Bautista Agut we've seen today.

Ace from Djokovic clinches the game.

2:45PM

Djokovic* 6-2 4-6 1-1 Bautista Agut (denotes next server)

15-15 before both players embark on a ridiculously long rally with their backhands. Ends with a Djokovic smash. 34 shots!

Brilliant by RBA, scorched a forehand, Djokovic stretching as much as possible before the Spaniard wins it with a drop shot, to applause from Novak.

Brilliant forehand by Bautista Agut! Stick that on a stamp. Right down the line into the corner. Game point, Djokovic long with a backhand.

2:41PM

Djokovic 6-2 4-6 1-0 Bautista Agut* (denotes next server)

Good recovery by Djokovic to strike first in the third set. Interestingly, after RBA won that set, Novak threw his hands up as if to say "go on, clap for him". Bit salty? Will see what it does for Djokovic.

2:35PM

Djokovic* 6-2 4-6 0-0 Bautista Agut (denotes next server)

Nice spinning return by Djokovic but then that's a poor lob, easily smashed away by RBA for 15-0. Now 15-15.

Remember those unforced errors? Djok has eight in this set, three for RBA, as the Spaniard moves ahead 30-15. Nice, nice though by Djokovic, up to the net for a backhand volley winner. 30-30.

Top serve though by RBA to bring up set point. And he takes it with a forehand clipping the top of the net! The gods in his favour with the ball dropping the right side. Set won by Bautista Agut.

2:29PM

Djokovic 6-2 4-5 Bautista Agut* (denotes next server)

Djokovic serving then to stay in the second set. RBA just wide with a passing forehand, 15-0. More authoritative from Djokovic coming back up to the net for 30-0, then 40-0.

Long forehand though by Djokovic, then a wide backhand. Hmmm, 40-30. Gets there in the end though, back to the net as RBA puts a forehand into the net.

Can the Spaniard hold his nerve to serve for the second set...

2:25PM

Djokovic* 6-2 3-5 Bautista Agut (denotes next server)

Djokovic's forehand not firing in this game, two errors making it 30-15. And long again! Two game points for RBA and he only needs one.

2:20PM

Djokovic 6-2 3-4 Bautista Agut* (denotes next server)

Nice, nice drop shot from Djokovic. Falls like a stone just over the net for 30-15. Murmur from the crowd though, RBA better from the baseline and tying the game at Deuce. A break here would be huge.

Long though with a lob, game point for Djokovic. Errors from both players leave the game with the advantage to Djokovic, with RBA hitting into the net. Game to the No 1 seed.

2:13PM

Djokovic* 6-2 2-4 Bautista Agut (denotes next server)

The Spaniard digging in, showing his fitness after returning two Djokovic lobs. 30-0.

40-0 now as RBA seals the game to love. Quite the turnaround.

2:09PM

Djokovic 6-2 2-3 Bautista Agut* (denotes next server)

Brief pause as the stewards attend to a spectator in the crowd who appears to have fallen ill. Warm day at Wimbledon, about 24 degrees Celsius, but there is some cloud cover. Round of applause after the spectator leaves the court with some paramedics.

Clip of the net from RBA works in his favour, 0-15 after a forehand drops the right side. Backhand into the net by Bautista Agut but another forehand error from Djokovic finds the net.

Now, then. Djokovic long with a forehand and it's two break points for the Spaniard. One saved after RBA hits long with a backhand. Two saved after an ace! Deuce.

Top recovery by the No 1 seed, as RBA's backhand drops past the sideline. Four points in a row from Djokovic to recover and take the game.

2:01PM

Djokovic* 6-2 1-3 Bautista Agut (denotes next server)

Can the Spaniard capitalise. Djokovic wide with a forehand then slices a backhand into the net - his level dropping. 30-0.

RBA's forehand now firing, lots of time and pins it deep into the corner. Forehand into the net rules out the love hold, but no mistake on the next point.

1:57PM

Djokovic 6-2 1-2 Bautista Agut* (denotes next server)

Djokovic up to the net to the sound of several cameras going off but RBA gets there with a forehand winner for 0-30! Interesting.

Another new racket for Djokovic as a loose shot brings up two break points for Bautista Agut. Which he takes with a blistering forehand! Rare so far. Djokovic broken.

1:53PM

Djokovic* 6-2 1-1 Bautista Agut (denotes next server)

Easy hold to love this time for RBA! Serve looked sharper too.

1:51PM

Djokovic 6-2 1-0 Bautista Agut* (denotes next server)

Easy hold for Djokovic to love.

What to do if you're RBA? The forehand can be great but he's already hit 12 unforced errors, to five by Djokovic. More play at the net maybe? The defending champion has commanded that area.

1:47PM

Djokovic* 6-2 0-0 Bautista Agut (denotes next server)

0-15 but a better serve from RBA sets him up for the easiest of smashes. Quick racket change for Djokovic as Bautista Agut recovers to 30-15, but that's a brilliant passing backhand by Djokovic for 30-30.

Any long rally feels like bad news for RBA and so it proves again, Djokovic piling on pressure and bringing up set point. Better serve, Djokovic just about returns but RBA scoops a forehand long! First set to Djokovic in 36 minutes.

1:42PM

Djokovic 5-2 Bautista Agut* (denotes next server)

Djokovic quickly out to 40-0 and moves one game away from the first set with a love hold.

1:40PM

Djokovic* 4-2 Bautista Agut (denotes next server)

Cap back on for Djokovic as Bautista Agut takes charge, up 30-0 after making the defending champion scurry around the baseline. Cracking shot down the line by Djokovic before he punishes an RBA second serve, 30-30.

40-30 though with a Bautista Agut ace before some brilliant defence from Djokovic, drop shot up to the net, volleys from both, an attempted lob before Djokovic just gets it back for the point. Deuce.

Almost a carbon copy but this time Djokovic's lob is long. Great serve out wide clinches the game.

1:33PM

Djokovic 4-1 Bautista Agut* (denotes next server)

Djokovic down on his front after sprinting forward for a drop shot and then slipping. The door slightly open for RBA at 15-30 before a couple of amazing forehands, Djokovic with the winner for 30-30.

Bautista Agut long with a forehand and Djokovic seals the game.

1:29PM

Djokovic* 3-1 Bautista Agut (denotes next server)

Forgive the obvious point, but Bautista Agut could really do with a game under his belt. 15-15, second serve, Djokovic into the net. This might be his chance.

Perfect spin on a sliced backhand by Djokovic then sets him up for a forehand winner. 30-30. Into the net though by Djokovic but he recovers, cancelling out the lob with a smash for Deuce.

Advantage to the Spaniard but a backhand finds the net. Already into double figures for unforced errors. But a loose Djokovic forehand is too long and RBA clinches his first game.

1:22PM

Djokovic 3-0 Bautista Agut* (denotes next server)

No cap anymore for Djokovic as he sprays a backhand wide. Bit of pressure at 15-30, RBA forcing the error. Djokovic up at the net and that puts off Bautista Agut, wide with a forehand, 30-30.

Some real whip on that Bautista Agut forehand but he overcooks that one, game point for Djokovic, who then up at the net hits long with a volley for Deuce.

Two quick points though give Djokovic a 3-0 lead.

1:17PM

Djokovic* 2-0 Bautista Agut (denotes next server)

Missed forehand by RBA for 0-15, before some superb low shots at the net, Bautista Agut's backhand perfectly weighted for the point.

Sloppy forehand though from the Spaniard, bit tight and down 15-30. Now two break points after another forehand error. Long by RBA! Djokovic breaks.

1:13PM

Djokovic 1-0 Bautista Agut* (denotes next server)

Bit of wind around the court as Djokovic takes his time, down 0-15 after a fine Bautista Agut return (if I shorten to RBA, you know who I mean).

15-15 after a decent rally, before RBA scoops a backhand long. Djokovic quickly wraps things up with two good serves.

1:11PM

OK, we're ready

Caps on for both players. Few notable actors in the Royal Box.

1:04PM

Both players out on court

Sun's out on Centre, perfect conditions. Crowd filling up quickly too.

12:48PM

Definitely the highlight from Djokovic's win over Goffin

12:47PM

And here's how the Spaniard booked his place in his first Slam semi-final

12:46PM

Bautista Agut has a phenomenal reason for missing his stag do

12:38PM

But is the defending champion loved?

It's been a common topic of debate in the build-up to this championship. Oliver Brown dives in to find out.

12:37PM

Novak has found his Zen

Or so he said on Thursday, as Tom Morgan reports.

12:34PM

Welcome

Hi everyone. The first of our two semi-finals gets underway at 1pm (BST), with Novak Djokovic in pursuit of another Wimbledon crown facing Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.

Here's a preview from Associated Press.

Novak Djokovic only has to look back a few months to remind himself that he shouldn't underestimate his next opponent at Wimbledon.

The top-ranked Serb will be facing Roberto Bautista Agut, a player who beat him in both of their meetings in 2019 - on hard courts in Doha and Miami.

So while the match is pitting a four-time Wimbledon champion with 15 major titles against a player in his first Grand Slam semifinal, recent history suggests that things might not be quite so one-sided.

"He has won twice against me so far this year. That's certainly going to give him confidence coming into the match," Djokovic said.

Ahead of the quarterfinals, Bautista Agut was - somewhat surprisingly - the only player who hadn't dropped a set this tournament. That streak ended against Guido Pella, but the 23rd-seeded Spaniard still won 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Djokovic had an easier time against David Goffin after erasing an early break, winning 6-4, 6-0, 6-2.

Djokovic is known for his ability to extend rallies and keep the ball in play with his defensive ability, and Bautista Agut said that's a style of play that suits him well.

"He is very solid from baseline. He likes to play a lot of rallies," Bautista Agut said. "Well, I like to play against (an) opponent like this, to play a match with a lot of rallies. Against Novak, that's what we do."

On the grass at Wimbledon, though, there might not be so many of those rallies. But Djokovic thinks Bautista Agut could be even more dangerous on the quicker surface.

"The ball bounces lower on the grass, which is I think more suitable to his style of the game. He doesn't like when the ball bounces higher to his backhand," Djokovic said. "Obviously playing on grass, it's different. Semifinals of Grand Slam, (I'm) going to try to use my experience in being in these kind of matches."

With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal set to square off in the other semifinal, Bautista Agut is the odd man out in a final four that includes the sport's ever present Big Three. In fact, it seems not even he had expected to make it this far.

The Spaniard had scheduled his bachelor party for this week instead.

"I had planned to be in Ibiza right now. We had everything organized already. My friends, six of them, are all there," Bautista Agut said. "Well, it feels better to be here in London."

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