Wimbledon, England, July 1: Novak Djokovic reached his first Wimbledon final and guaranteed himself the No. 1 ranking by beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-7 (9), 6-3 Friday in a match filled with both players diving and crawling along the Centre Court grass.
Djokovic, a two-time Australian Open champion, improved his record to 47-1 this year. And although he won another Friday, it was Tsonga who entertained the crowd with his tennis skills and showmanship.
In the final, Djokovic will face either defending champion Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray. Nadal has won 19 straight matches at the grass-court Grand Slam, while Murray is trying to become the first British man to win the Wimbledon title since Fred Perry in 1936. AP