Novak Djokovic holds off spirited Agut challenge to reach Wimbledon final

Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during his Wimbledon semifinal match against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut. (Reuters)
Updated 12 July 2019

Novak Djokovic holds off spirited Agut challenge to reach Wimbledon final

  • Djokovic won the first set relatively comfortably
  • Match turned on amazing 45-shot rally in seventh game of third set

LONDON: Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic held off a spirited challenge from Spanish outsider Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday to triumph in four sets and advance to Sunday’s Wimbledon final against either Roger Federer or Rafa Nadal.
Remarkably the 6-2 4-6 6-3 6-2 success was the Serb’s 12th victory in his last 13 Grand Slam semifinals and he will be seeking his fifth title at Wimbledon and 16th Grand Slam singles crown in the latest installment of the Big Three showdown.
Djokovic won the first set relatively comfortably but was pegged back in the second as 23rd-seed Bautista Agut, appearing in his first Grand Slam semi and buoyed by winning the pair’s last two meetings, upped his serving and took advantage of some uncharacteristic errors from the hot favorite.
The match turned on an amazing 45-shot rally in the seventh game of the third set, which Djokovic won to hold serve – and from then on he took total control.


Brazilian Football Confederation confirms: Saudi Arabia to host 2nd Brazil-Argentina clash

Updated 16 October 2019

Brazilian Football Confederation confirms: Saudi Arabia to host 2nd Brazil-Argentina clash

  • The match will be held at the King Saud University stadium in Riyadh on Nov. 15

RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil will take on Argentina in a friendly in Saudi Arabia for the second time in a year next month, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) announced on Monday.

The match will be held at the King Saud University stadium in Riyadh on Nov. 15, CBF said on its official website.

The newly crowned Copa America winners beat their fierce rivals 1-0 in Jeddah last year.

They beat Argentina 2-0 at home in the semifinal of the Copa America in July, a controversial match that left Argentina superstar Lionel Messi complaining the hosts benefitted from favoritism.

The Selecao went on to beat Peru 3-1 in the final.

Brazil will also play a friendly against South Korea in Abu Dhabi on Nov. 19.

Saudi Arabia is trying to promote itself as a top level sports hub.

Unified heavyweight world champion Andy Ruiz of Mexico will take on Britain’s Anthony Joshua in their rematch in Diriyah on Dec. 7.

Fellow British heavyweight boxing star Tyson Fury will switch briefly to professional wrestling on Oct. 31 in Riyadh to take on Braun Strowman in a World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE) card.

In February Saudi Arabia hosted its first European Tour golf event while it will also stage a tennis exhibition tournament in December and next year’s Dakar Rally.