NOVAK Djokovic dismissed Richard Gasquet to seize the chance to match Boris Becker’s three Wimbledon titles 30 years on from his German coach’s SW19 breakthrough triumph.
Top seed Djokovic stormed past Frenchman Gasquet 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 6-4 to book his 17th grand slam final appearance, and the opportunity to defend his 2014 title.
Djokovic will now meet either Andy Murray or Roger Federer in his fourth Wimbledon final, arriving largely unruffled in his third successive major tournament showdown.
Offering Gasquet precious little opportunity, he sealed the third set 6-4, and with it the match.
Gasquet fended off two match points deep into the set, but by that stage Djokovic already had one service break, so was left to serve out the contest without issue.
Arriving at the showpiece contest effectively by sneaking under the radar is extremely tough going at a major tournament - especially after blowing his third chance for a career grand slam at Roland Garros.
Djokovic’s fuss-free procession to the final offers worrying portent that his eventual opponent - whether Murray or Federer - will do well to heed.