Novak Djokovic outclasses resilient Richard Gasquet

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Novak Djokovic beat Richard Gasquet in straight sets to progress to his fourth Wimbledon final.

The Serbian produced his best first-serve success rate of his career and nullified Gasquet's highlight reel backhand well throughout, eventually beating the No.21 seed 7-6 6-4 6-4.

It was a match in which backhands and long rallies were the order of the day, however, Gasquet proved ineffective in defending Djokovic's mighty service game.


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Despite losing his opening service game, Gasquet broke back at 2-2 and managed to hold his own against the top seed in the first set.

Using his highly accurate and powerful backhand to his advantage, Gasquet managed to dig out some clear frustration from Djokovic. Ultimately, however, the reigning champions prevailed in the tiebreaker to take the first set 7-6 (7-2).

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As he'd done in the first set, Djokovic was out quickly in the second and immediately broke Gasquet. With Djokovic up a set and a break at 4-3, the Serbian brought the trainer on to take a look at his shoulder, which surely gave Gasquet hope of pulling back a set.

Unfortunately the Frenchman couldn't deal with Djokovic's career best 77% first serve success rate and lost the second set 6-4.

Gasquet took the lead for the first time in the match by resiliently holding his serve in the opening game of the third set.

Despite holding in the first game, Gasquet couldn't repeat the effort in his second service game as Djokovic broke him for the third set in succession.

Not to be disheartened though, Gasquet produced even more piercing shots to keep Djokovic within reach at 4-3.

Djokovic almost broke Gasquet again at 5-3 after an excruciatingly tense period of three deuces but the No.21 seed held on to survive another long rally.

The Serb produced one last faultless service game to seal his place in the 2015 Wimbledon final and set up a match between either Andy Murray or Roger Federer.

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