This Friday's match is probably Roberto Bautista's biggest challenge as a professional. To put in context the trajectory of Djokovic, it is necessary to remember that the Serbian has won his 12 meetings in Wimbledon. But the thing does not end there, because the number one in the world, current champion of Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open, has won in 31 of its last 32 Grand Slam matches. Photo: AFP.
There are less than ten minutes left for both players to jump to the center court at Wimbledon. Spectators begin to enter the All England Tennis Club. Everything is ready for the semifinals to start !!
Not even Roberto Bautista could have predicted that he would get into the top four when he started Wimbledon. "I had planned to be in Ibiza right now," acknowledged Castellón, who will be married in November. he planned to celebrate his bachelor party. "I had everything organized. In fact, six of my friends are there, although I prefer to be in London … I think they will come on Friday, "he joked after winning his quarterfinal match against Pella, knowing that a match with Novak Djokovic awaited him. Photo: AFP.
With the qualification for the semifinals, the Castellón has already secured himself to ascend to the 13th place in the world ranking, equaling his best historical position. And the thing does not end there, since if it qualifies for the final it would make sure to enter the Top 10
Roberto Bautista will become the sixth Spanish tennis player this afternoon in the semifinals of Wimbledon in the men's circuit. Before the Castellón, number 22 in the world, Manuel Alonso, Manolo Santana, Andres Gimeno, Manolo Orantes and, of course, Rafa Nadal.
The duel this Friday will be the first in grass between Djokovic and Bautista. So far, they have faced each other six times on hard court (three wins for each) and four times on clay (always with Serbian wins). "I have not had the chance to play against him on grass, but I hope the game is like the others we have played in. We have played very hard games, it is very solid from behind and plays many exchanges, which is what I do not know if I intimidate him, but I do bother him, "the man from Castellón reflected.
Although Djokovic commands in the overall balance of crosses between the two (seven Serbian wins by three from the Spanish), Bautista has imposed himself in the last two times they have met, in Doha and Miami this year. Therefore, Djokovic recognizes that he will have to get his best tennis if he wants to continue opting to revalidate Wimbledon crown. "Roberto has very flat punches, both with the right and with the reverse, and is incredibly consistent. They are a Grand Slam semifinal, so I will try to use my experience ", recognizes the current number one in the world.
At age 31, Roberto Bautista faces the most important game of his career, clinging to tennis after a painful process. He will face Novak Djokovic, number one in the world and great favorite to revalidate win at Wimbledon. "We have to try to lead him to a feeling of discomfort. We must prevent him from leading the games, as he has done in the last two rounds. When it picks up cruising speed it's very difficult to stop it ", analyzes his technician, Pepe Vendrell. An article by Alejandro Ciriza. Photo: Getty.
When this meeting ends, it will be the turn of the main course of the day. The rivalry between Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer will live his 40th episode with the duel that the Swiss and the Balearic will play this afternoon in the central of the All England Tennis Club. But that will come later. Now it's time to focus on the duel between Roberto Bautista and Novak Djokovic.
Roberto Bautista will be in charge of opening fire from 2:00 pm. The Castellón, who makes his debut in the semifinals of Grand Slam, will face the great favorite, Novak Djokovic, number one in the world and current champion of Wimbledon.
Good afternoon!!! Welcome to the live broadcast of a historic day for Spanish tennis. For the first time, two tennis players of our country have been planted at the same time in the semi-finals of the Wimbledon men's team.