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Reigning champion Novak Djokovic beats Richard Gasquet in straight sets to reach Wimbledon final

Djokovic is the favourite to retain his Wimbledon crowd. Photo: Reuters

Reigning champion Novak Djokovic has booked his place in Sunday's Wimbledon final with a straight sets victory over Richard Gasquet.

Djokovic overcame the 21st seed 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 6-4 and will play the winner of Andy Murray's semi-final against Roger Federer to decide who wins this year's title.

The world number one started this match as overwhelming favourite, but needed a tie-break to clinch the opening set after both players broke early on.

Gasquet never looked likely to beat Djokovic today. Credit: Reuters

It was a tough blow for Gasquet, who impressed throughout the first set with some ferocious backhands, and Djokovic capitalised on his disappointment by breaking at the first opportunity in the second, before holding serve to open up a two-set lead.

The Serbian had never lost a Grand Slam set against his French opponent and this never seemed in danger of changing on Centre Court today.

Gasquet looked increasingly resigned to his fate after Djokovic secured a crucial third set break, and the world number one served out to secure his 17th Grand Slam final date in comfortable fashion.

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