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Novak Djokovic Ousts Roberto Bautista Agut

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Novak Djokovic advanced to the fourth round of the French Open by defeating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (4), 6-2 on Friday.

“It was a great fight, almost four hours,” Djokovic said (h/t ESPN). “Bautista Agut, he’s not going to hand you the win. You have to deserve it. You know, for me, not having so many matches in the last period, this is great. I mean, of course I don’t want to play four, five hours every match, but I think it was a great test. I had to earn my victory.”

The win didn’t come without frustration for Djokovic who smashed his racket into the clay after losing a point during the tiebreaker in the 2nd set.

“I was a bit unlucky not to capitalize on the second set,” Djokovic explained. “Maybe the match would be shorter, but at the same time, credit to him. I mean, he was better player in the third set, for example, and it was supposed to go his way … he was serving for it. But that was a turning point.”

Djokovic  improved to 7-1 against Bautista Agut and will now square off against Fernando Verdasco.

 

 

 

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Lin Zhu Upsets Zhang Shuai, Heads To Jiangxi Semifinals

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Lin Zhu upset top-seeded Zhang Shuai 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1 at the Jiangxi Open on Friday to advance to the semifinals to take on sixth-seeded Saisai Zheng.

The 2 1/2-hour match saw a lot of drama, and Zhang committed 50 unforced errors and eight double faults over the course of the marathon match.

It’s been more than 2 years since Zhu has appeared in a semifinal on the WTA tour.

 

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Novak Djokovic Defeats Rafael Nadal, Will Face Kevin Anderson In Final

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Novak Djokovic will play for his fourth Wimbledon title, with Kevin Anderson standing in his way in the Wimbledon final after Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal in a five-set semifinal match that took an extra day to finish.

Djokovic defeated Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 3-6, 10-8 on Saturday on Centre Court at the All England Club, bringing an end to the 5 hour, 15 minute marathon which was the second-longest semifinal match in Wimbledon history.

“It really could have gone either ways,” Djokovic said (h/t ESPN). “Basically until the last shot, I didn’t know if I was going to win.”

“In my opinion, he deserved it” Nadal said. “I deserved it, too.”

Djokovic has a 5-1 edge against Anderson who he will meet on Sunday.

“It’s been a roller-coaster ride for him the last couple rounds, but he had a day off, which means a lot,” Djokovic said. “I wish I could have one.”

“It’s hard to pick the words,” Djokovic said of his victory, and heading to the final. “I’m just going through things, flashbacks of the last 15 months, and everything I’ve been through to get here.”

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Angelique Kerber Upsets Serena Williams For Third Career Major

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Angelique Kerber made sure that Serena Williams didn’t win her 24th career Grand Slam title, which would have tied the All-time milestone held by Margaret Court, at her expense.

Kerber upset Williams 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday to win her third career major.

“It was such an amazing tournament for me,” Williams said after the match (h/t ESPN). “I was really happy to get this far. It’s obviously disappointing, but I can’t be disappointed. I have so much to look forward to. I’m literally just getting started.”

“I’m just me, that’s all I can be,” Williams continued, referring to playing as a mother “To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today, and I tried. Angelique played really well, played out of her mind.”

“I knew that I had to play my best tennis against a champion like Serena,” said Kerber.

“This is something special,” Kerber said. “And to hold this trophy now, it is something that I can’t describe.”

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