Updated: Friday, 04 July 2014 23:20 | By Agence France-Presse

Djokovic downs Dimitrov to reach third Wimbledon final

Novak Djokovic moved a step closer to his second Wimbledon title as the top seed booked his third appearance in the final with a gritty 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (9/7) victory over Grigor Dimitrov on Friday.

Djokovic downs Dimitrov to reach third Wimbledon final

Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns to Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov during their men's singles semi-final match during the 2014 Wimbledon Championships in London on July 4, 2014 - by Carl Court

Djokovic, who won the Wimbledon title in 2011, rarely hit peak form in a patchy semi-final on Centre Court, but showed all his battling qualities to overcome the Bulgarian 11th seed in a three hour and two minute war of attrition.

The 27-year-old, a six-time Grand Slam winner, will face seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer or Canadian eighth seed Milos Raonic in his 14th Grand Slam final as he looks to avenge last year's final defeat against Andy Murray.

World number two Djokovic has now won six of his last seven Grand Slam semi-finals and the Serb will reclaim top spot in the rankings from Rafael Nadal for the first time since September 2013 if he lifts the trophy on Sunday.

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