Wimbledon 2014, men`s semi-final: Novak Djokovic vs Grigor Dimitrov - As it happened...

By Suyash Srivastava | Last Updated: Friday, July 4, 2014 - 16:53

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London: In an intense semi-final outing, Novak Djokovic defeated Grigor Dimitrov in four sets to advance into the final of Wimbledon 2014.

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TIEBREAKER: Djokovic won it 7-6

Dimitrov to serve. Good quick serve, long return from Djokovic, 1-0. Djokovic to serve. Great forehand followed by a volley winner from Djokovic, 1-1. Djokovic to continue serving. Djokovic's backhand went long, 2-1 lead for Dimitrov who will serve now. Superb point played once again, Dimitrov came to the nets and hit a volley winner, 3-1 he leads and will continue to serve. Dimitrov's forehand hit the nets, his lead is reduced to 3-2. Djokovic to serve. Djokovic's forehand crashed into the nets, Dimitrov leads 4-2. Djokovic served and won the next point, 3-4 he trails. Dimitrov to serve. Djokovic's return of serve hit the nets, 5-3 lead for Dimitrov. The Bulgarian once again came to the nets and hit a volley winner, 6-3 Dimitrov leads and has three set points. Djokovic to serve. Once again Dimitrov slipped on the court and Djokovic hit a volley winner on the empty court. Djokovic to serve at 4-6. Djokovic made Dimitrov to stretch and the Bulgarian's return was short. Dimitrov to serve at 6-5, his fourth set point. Nole made him commit an error by coming to the nets and Dimitrov hit one into the nets as Djokovic was waiting at the nets, 6-6, scores level. Dimitrov to serve. Dimitrov has once again made a double-fault, he challenged the second serve which was called out and it was out. Now Djokovic to serve at 7-6, his first match point. Djokovic served and went for the volley, Dimitrov didn't allow him as his forehand whistled past the Serbian, 7-7. Djokovic served and once again Dimitrov slipped and Nole hit the winner. Djokovic to serve at 8-7, his second match point. And Djokovic has won it with a forehand winner!

FOURTH SET: Scores level 6-6

Djokovic to serve to stay in the set. Djokovic won the first point, 15-0. Good serve from Djokovic, 30-0. Another wide ace from Djokovic, 40-0. Easy service game for Djokovic. Another tiebreaker!

FOURTH SET: Dimitrov leads 6-5

Dimitrov to serve. He won the first point as Nole's forehand went long, 15-0. Dimitrov came to the nets to pressurise Djoker and it worked as Djokovic's backhand hit the nets, 30-0. Dimitrov won another point with a powerful forehand, 40-0. Dimitrov sealed the game easily with another forehand winner.

FOURTH SET: Scores level 5-5

Djokovic to serve to stay in the set. Tremendous forehand winner from Dimitrov while stretching to his right, Nole was clueless there, 0-15. Djokovic won the next point, 15-15. Dimitrov's return of serve was short, 30-15. Good return of serve from Dimitrov, Nole's second shot went long, 30-30. Good quick serve from Djokovic, Dimitrov's return was long, 40-30. Another superb point played, Djokovic came to the nets and Dimitrov once again played a forehand winner past the Serbian, 40-40, deuce! Another good point, Dimitrov came to the nets, Djokovic fired a cross-court forehand, Dimitrov had to stretch but he kept it in, advantage Dimitrov, set point for him as well! Djokovic saved it, 40-40, deuce again! Good play from Djokovic at the nets, Dimitrov slipped yet again and Nole hit a volley winner from the nets, advantage Djokovic! He served and Dimitrov's return was long! Djokovic is elated and we could probably be heading into another tiebreaker!

FOURTH SET: Dimitrov leads 5-4

Dimitrov to serve. He won the first point, 15-0. Good play by Dimitrov at the nets yet again, 30-0. Dimitrov served another ace, 40-0. Easy service game for Dimitrov as well.

FOURTH SET: Scores level 4-4

Djokovic to serve. Goo serve to start with, 15-0. Nole followed it with another good serve, 30-0. Third serve was there to be hit but Dimitrov's forehand crashed into the nets, 40-0. Good wide serve from Djokovic, he won the game with a forehand winner. Easy service game for him.

FOURTH SET: Dimitrov leads 4-3

Dimitrov to serve. Nole won the first point and Dimitrov won the second, 15-15. Djokovic's return of serve was short, 30-15. Dimitrov won another point, 40-15. Dimitrov sealed the game with an ace.

FOURTH SET: Scores level 3-3

Djokovic to serve. Dimitrov won the first point as a casual shot from Djokovic hit the nets, 0-15. Dimitrov won another point as another casual backhand from Djokovic found the nets, 0-30. Djokovic finally won a point as he hit a volley winner, 15-30. Djokovic won another point as Dimitrov ended up hitting a forehand long, 30-30. Dimitrov dominated the next point and hit a volley winner, 30-40, another break point for Dimitrov! Djokovic saved it with some magnificent play and dropped a volley winner, 40-40, deuce! Dimitrov got the advantage and Nole brought the game back to deuce, 40-40. Djokovic's backhand went long and Dimitrov once again got the advantage. Dimitrov's return off serve went long and we are back to deuce, 40-40. Good wide serve from Djokovic, Dimitrov's return is wide and Nole gets the advantage. Good wide serve from Nole and he has finally held onto his serve.

FOURTH SET: Dimitrov leads 3-2

Dimitrov to serve. Djokovic had two break points in that game and Dimitrov saved both of them. At 40-40, Dimitrov came to the nets and hit a high volley winner to take the advantage. Dimitrov fought back, served an ace and won the game.

FOURTH SET: Scores level 2-2

Djokovic to serve. He won the first point, 15-0. Dimitrov won the second point, 15-15. Nole won the next point, 30-15. Good play from Dimitrov, he hit a winner on the empty court after making Nole run to his right, 30-30. Djokovic hit one casual forehand wide, 30-40, break point for Dimitrov! Good wide serve from Djokovic and Dimitrov mistimed his return, 40-40, deuce! Nole's cross-court backhand went way wide as Dimitrov got the advantage. And the Bulgarian has broken Djokovic's serve!

FOURTH SET: Dimitrov trails 1-2

Dimitrov to serve. Double-fault from him, 0-15. Dimitrov follows it with another double-fault, 30-0. You can't believe this – Dimitrov has made three consecutive double-faults, 0-40! Three break points for Djokovic. And he has taken the lead as Dimitrov's shot went long.

FOURTH SET: Scores level 1-1

Djokovic to serve. Dimitrov won the first two points, 0-30. Nole replied back and won the first point of the game, 15-30. Good wide serve from Djokovic, Dimitrov's return hit the nets, 30-30. Djoker won the first point, 40-30. Djoker hit a forehand and Dimitrov's shot went wide.

FOURTH SET: Dimitrov leads 1-0

Dimitrov to serve. He won the game easily, 1-0.

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TIEBREAKER: Djokovic won it 7-2

Djokovic to serve. Good rally between the two, Djokovic took a 1-0 lead as Dimitrov's backhand hit the nets, Dimitrov to serve. Good serve as Djokovic's return is long, 1-1. Dimitrov to continue serving. Dimitrov slipped once again as a result of which one of his shots fell short, 2-1 lead for Djokovic who will serve now. Good wide serve from Nole followed by a volley winner, 3-1 he leads now. Djoker served another ace to extend his lead to 4-1. Dimitrov to serve. He wins the next point, 2-4 he trails. Bad serve from Dimitrov, 5-2 Nole leads and he will serve now. Dimitrov's shot is short and Djoker's lead has been extended to 6-2. He will continue serving. Set point and Djokovic has won the set!

THIRD SET: Scores level 6-6

Dimitrov to serve to stay in the set. He starts off with an ace, 15-0. Djokovic won the next point as Dimitrov came to the nets and his return fell short, 15-15. Nole challenged a call after the ball kept low, it was on the line, 30-15. Dimitrov wins another point, 40-15. Good serve from Dimitrov, game Dimitrov!

THIRD SET: Djokovic leads 6-5

Djokovic to serve. Nole won the first point as a tweener from Djokovic went long, 15-0. Another ace from Djokovic, 30-0. Djokovic won another point, 40-0. Djokovic sealed the game easily.

THIRD SET: Scores level 5-5

Dimitrov to serve to stay in the set. He won the first set with a good forehand winner, 15-0. Djokovic won the second point as Dimitrov's shot hit the nets, 15-15. Dimitrov won the next point, 30-15. Another good play at the nets from Dimitrov, 40-15 he leads. Dimitrov lost the next point as his forehand went wide, 40-30. Another good rally between the two, Djokovic played a drop shot, Dimitrov replied and Djokovic fell as his short fell short too. Dimitrov had won the point and it was a rare sight as both the players were lying on the ground!

THIRD SET: Djokovic leads 5-4

Djokovic to serve. Dimitrov once again tried to dominate by advancing to the nets, didn't work, 15-0. Good serve from Djokovic, 30-0. Djokovic served another ace, 40-0. Djoker served another ace to win the game.

THIRD SET: Scores level 4-4

Dimitrov to serve. Djoker won the first point as Dimitrov's forehand went long, 0-15. Good serve from Dimitrov, 15-15. Superb play from Djokovic, hit a wonderful cross court shot to win the point, 15-30. Djokovic's return of serve went long, 30-30. Djokovic's forehand went wide, 40-30. Dimitrov's backhand hit the nets, 40-40, deuce. Big blunder from Djokovic who tried to hit a volley, missed it completely, advantage Dimitrov. Dimitrov held on to his serve.

THIRD SET: Djokovic leads 4-3

Djokovic to serve. Nole lost the first point as he came to the nets and his shot crashed into the nets, 0-15. Superb play from Dimitrov, wins another point, 0-30. Dimitrov's return of serve went wide, 15-30. Good serve from Djokovic, 30-30. Magnificent shot – a forehand from Dimitrov which went past Djoker as he advanced to the nets, 30-40, another break point for Dimitrov! Very close, Djoker hit a backhand, which somehow managed to cross the net and end up being a winner, 40-40, deuce! Nole got the advantage as Dimitrov's forehand hit the nets. Djokovic won the game as Dimitrov's forehand went long.

THIRD SET: Scores level 3-3

Dimitrov to serve. Djokovic won the first point as a casual forehand from Dimitrov landed wide, 0-15. Dimitrov won the next one as Djokovic's backhand hit the nets, 15-15. Dimitrov's lead was extended as Djokovic's backhand went wide this time, 30-15. Djokovic's return of serve hit the nets, 40-15. Easy service game from Dimitrov.

THIRD SET: Djokovic leads 3-2

Djokovic to serve. Dimitrov's backhand slice hit the nets, 15-0. Djokovic won another point with a volley winner, 30-0. Another volley winner from Novak, 40-0. Nole is now moving more on the court. Dimitrov won the next two points, 40-30. Novak hit a backhand volley winner to seal the game.

THIRD SET: Scores level 2-2

Dimitrov to serve. Djokovic won the first point as Dimitrov's forehand went wide, 0-15. Djokovic's return of serve hit the nets off the second serve, 15-15. Good wide serve from Dimitrov, 30-15. Cracking forehand from Djoker, 30-30. Good play from Dimitrov, Djokovic was made to stretch and he lost the point, 40-30. Dimitrov saled the game with an ace.

THIRD SET: Djokovic leads 2-1

Djokovic to serve. Dimitrov won the first point when Djokovic's shot from the nets went wide, 0-15. Good serve followed by a volley winner from Djokovic, 15-15. Good rally once again between the two, Novak played a drop shot, Dimitrov replied with a cracking forehand and Djokovic's reply fell short, 15-30. Good ace from Djokovic, 30-30. Superb rally once again between the two, intense one, and it ended when Dimitrov slipped and ended up hitting wide, 40-30. Djokovic sealed the game with a forehand winner.

THIRD SET: Scores level 1-1

Dimitrov to serve. Djokovic won the first point, 0-15. Dimitrov won the second point, 15-15. Good rally ended when Dimitrov's backhand went wide, 15-30. Good defense from Djokovic in the point but finally won by Dimitrov, 30-30. Dimitrov won the next point, 40-30. Dimitrov won the game after Djokovic advanced to the nets hit a volley into the nets.

THIRD SET: Djokovic leads 1-0

Djokovic to serve. He won the first game easily.

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SECOND SET: Dimitrov won it 6-3

Dimitrov to serve for the set. He starts off with an ace, 15-0. Dimitrov once again played a wonderful point, 30-0. Good wide serve once again, 40-0. Djokovic came to the nets and hit a good winner off the volley, 40-15. Dimitrov hit a shot which was challenged by Djoker, it was on the line and Dimitrov has won the second set! What a comeback this has been from the Bulgarian!

SECOND SET: Djokovic trails 3-5

Djokovic to serve. Good powerful forehand from Dimitrov, Djokovic wasn't ready for it, 0-15. Dimitrov once again dominated the next point, came to nets and played a good drop shot, 0-30. Dimitrov's return of serve went long, 15-30. Djokovic's backhand landed long and Dimitrov once again has two break points! Djoker is clearly struggling there, with his serves, with his shots. Good play between the two and Djokovic's serve has been broken again!

SECOND SET: Dimitrov leads 4-3

Dimitrov to serve. Good wide serve to start with, 15-0. Dimitrov won another point, 30-0. Another good serve from Dimitrov, 40-0. Good cross-court forehand from Djokovic, Dimitrov's return was short, 40-30. Game Dimitrov as Djokovic's backhand slice finds the net! Djokovic has played some loose strokes in the last two games as Dimitrov is finding his momentum.

SECOND SET: Scores level 3-3

Djokovic to serve. Dimitrov won the first point with some good play at the nets, 0-15. Dimitrov won another point as Djokovic's forehand went wide, 0-30. This time Dimitrov's backhand slice went slightly wide, 15-30. Dimitrov pressurised Djokovic by coming to the nets and the Serbian ended up hitting a backhand wide, 15-40, two break points for Dimitrov! Good rally once again, it ended when Dimitrov's forehand went wide, 30-40, one break point remaining for Dimitrov. Another good rally between the two but Djokovic hit a backhand into the nets and Dimitrov has broken Djokovic's serve!

SECOND SET: Dimitrov trails 2-3

Dimitrov to serve. Good wide serve followed by a forehand winner from the nets, 15-0. Good return of serve from Djokovic, 15-15. Good play from Dimitrov once again and he dropped a winner from the nets, 30-15. Double-fault from Dimitrov, 30-30. Dimitrov's down the line backhand landed wide, 30-40 and Djokovic has another break point! Dimitrov saved it with an ace, 40-40, deuce! Djokovic's backhand went long and Dimitrov has the advantage. Dimitrov won the game with a powerful shot from the nets.

SECOND SET: Djokovic leads 3-1

Djokovic to serve. He won the first point as Dimitrov's return went long, 15-0. Dimitrov won the next point as Djokovic's shot crashed into the nets. Dimitrov's cross-court backhand went wide, 30-15. Djokovic won the next point, 40-15. Dimitrov delivered a cheeky drop shot out of nowhere and even Djokovic was bamboozled, 40-30. Good rally between the two, Dimitrov showed more aggression and won the point, 40-40, deuce! Djokovic took the advantage as after a few good hits, Dimitrov hit one high and long, advantage Djokovic! The game is back to deuce as Djokovic hit one into the nets, 40-40, deuce again. Djokovic's forehand once again hit the nets, advantage Dimitrov and he get his first break point of the match! Djokovic brings the game back to deuce as Dimitrov lost his balance and a winner whistled past him, 40-40, deuce again. Djokovic got the advantage when Dimitrov's shot hit the nets. Game Djokovic after Dimitrov's return of serve hit the nets.

SECOND SET: Dimitrov trails 1-2

Dimitrov to serve. Djokovic won the first point, 0-15. Tremendous forehand winner from Dimitrov, 15-15. Dimitrov's forehand went wide, 15-30. Quick serve from Dimitrov, long retrun from Djokovic, 30-30. Djokovic's return of serve hit the nets, 40-30. Double-fault from Dimitrov, 40-40, deuce! Dimitrov took the advantage with a good serve followed by a forehand winner. Djokovic hit a powerful forehand and Dimitrov's forehand was long, 40-40, deuce again. Dimitrov's backhand went wide, advantage Djokovic who has another break point! He has broken the serve once again! Dimitrov's backhand clipped the nets and landed long.

SECOND SET: Scores level 1-1

Djokovic to serve. He won the first point as Dimitrov's return was out of the court, 15-0. Dimitrov won the next point as Djokovic's backhand went wayward, 15-15. Another ace from Djokovic, 30-15. Another ace from Djoker, 40-15. Djokovic won the next point, 40-30. Dimitrov won the next point with a forehand winner, 40-40, first deuce of the match. Djokovic took the advantage as Dimitrv's shot went long. Game Djokovic as Dimitrov's return of serve hit the nets.

SECOND SET: Dimitrov leads 1-0

Dimitrov to serve. Djokovic's cross-court forehand went wide, 15-0. Djokovic won the second point as Dimitrov's forehand went wide, 15-15. Good serve from Dimitrov, Djokovic's return was way long, 30-15. Dimitrov followed it with an ace, 40-15. Dimitrov hit another ace, game Dimitrov!

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FIRST SET: Djokovic won it 6-4

Djokovic to serve for the set. Good rally to start with, Dimitrov's shot finally landed long, 15-0. Djokovic won the next point as Dimitrov's backhand flew and went way long, 30-0. Dimitrov's return of serve went long, 40-0, three set points for Djokovic! He has won the set as Dimitrov's backhand went long, set Djokovic!

FIRST SET: Dimitrov trails 4-5

Dimitrov to serve. After a good rally, Djokovic's backhand landed long, 15-0. Good rally once again between the two, won by Dimitrov who hit a winner on an open court, 30-0. Dimitrov won the next point with an ace 40-0. Dimitrov delivered another ace to win the game.

FIRST SET: Djokovic leads 5-3

Djokovic to serve. Good wide serve from Djokovic, 15-0. Dimitrov won the next point as his backhand slice worked and Djokovic hit one into the nets, 15-15. Dimitrov lost his balance and also the point, 30-15. Dimitrov's return of serve was long, 40-15. Djokovic hit a cross-court forehand and Dimitrov's shot crashed into the nets, game Djokovic!

FIRST SET: Dimitrov trails 3-4

Dimitrov to serve. Good serve to begin with for Dimitrov, 15-0. He followed it by winning another point, Djokovic stretched to his right and his shot hot the nets, 30-0. Dimitrov won the next point with another good control at the nets, 40-0. Dimitrov won the game with a forehand winner!

FIRST SET: Djokovic leads 4-2

Djokovic to serve. Fourth consecutive ace for Djokovic, 15-0. Dimitrov won the next point as Djokovic's forehand went long, 15-15. Good wide serve from Djokovic, 30-15. Another good serve from Djokovic, 40-15. Game Djokovic as Dimitrov's shot went long.

FIRST SET: Dimitrov trails 2-3

Dimitrov to serve. Djokovic won four consecutive points and has broken Dimitrov's serve early in the match! Dimitrov looked in a hurry in that game.

FIRST SET: Scores level 2-2

Djokovic to serve. Djokovic's forehand went wide, 0-15. Djokovic won the next point as Dimitrov's forehand landed long, 15-15. Djokovic followed it with an ace, 30-15. Djokovic delivered another ace, 40-15. Three aces in a row for Djokovic, game Djokovic!

FIRST SET: Dimitrov leads 2-1

Dimitrov to serve. Djokovic hit the second serve into the nets, 15-0. Dimitrov hit a fabulous down the line backhand winner to extend his lead, 30-0. Good serve from Dimitrov and he hit a volley winner, 40-0. Dimitrov sealed the game as Djokovic's return of serve went long.

FIRST SET: Scores level 1-1

Djokovic to serve. Djokovic won the first point with a good serve, 15-0. Djokovic followed it with an ace, 30-0. Djokovic extended his lead to 40-0 with a forehand winner. Dimitrov unleashed a powerful forehand and hit a winner from the nets, 40-15. Djokovic won the game with a good backhand winner.

FIRST SET: Dimitrov leads 1-0

Dimitrov to serve. He won the first point as Djokovic's return of serve went long. 15-0. He won the second point as well as Djokovic's return of serve hit the nets. Djokovic won the next point, 30-15. Dimitrov won the next point as Djokovic's return of serve went long, 40-15. Game won by Dimitrov after Djokovic's return of serve once again went long.

Dimitrov proved his class in the quarter-final match against Andy Murray, where he knocked out the defending champion in three sets.

The 23-year-old Bulgarian, also known as `Baby Federer`, stunned Murray by dominating the proceedings throughout the match. Murray hadn`t dropped a set prior to his quarter-final outing and it was probably complacency which cost him the match.

While Dimitrov was spot on with his first serve, Murray struggled and the Bulgarian hit winners off most of his opponent`s second serve which were there to be hit. Dimitrov`s return of serve was also spot on and the Briton made several unforced errors whenever the Bulgarian unleashed a backhand slice.

Djokovic on the other hand had a tough quarter-final match where he went on to beat Marin Cilic 6-1, 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-2 to reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the fifth straight season. Prior to his match against Cilic, Djoker had lost just one set against Radek Stepanek. After winning the first set convincingly, the Serbian began to make too many unforced errors which gave a two-set lead to his opponent.

The first semis of Wimbledon should be an exciting contest, considering the way Dimitrov played against Murray.



First Published: Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 00:16

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