World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is through to the final of Wimbledon after his victory over Frenchman Richard Gasquet on Friday.
After sealing a tightly contested first set in a tiebreaker, the Serb needed treatment on his shoulder during the second set but maintained momentum to advance into his fourth Wimbledon final 7-6(2), 6-4 6-4.
He will face either seven-time winner Roger Federer or 2013 champion Andy Murray in Sunday’s final.
Djokovic’s match record improved to 47-3 in 2015 and is now 12-1 in career head-to-head record against Gasquet, who was aiming to reach his first major final.
The French No. 21 seed immediately eliminated thoughts of an easy Djokovic ride by breaking back to level 2-2 early into proceedings. He came close to winning two break points at 4-4 but an unforced error while attempting to smash into an open court cost him dear.
Despite standing toe-to-toe with the defending champion for much of the set; pressure began telling on Gasquet at 2-2 in the tiebreaker when he struck a backhand wide.
Few Gasquet ground-stroke errors early in the second set shifted initiative in favour of Djokovic, who duly converted his second break point opportunity of the period.
The 28-year-old Belgrade native offered Gasquet some fighting nerves at 5-4, 0-30 down (while struggling with some discomfort in his shoulder), but served out the set with precision.
After breaking the second-time semi-finalist (first in 2007) in the third game, Djokovic maintained dominance and closed out victory on his second asking.
He is now one win away from equaling his coach Boris Becker’s haul of three Championship crowns.