Novak Djokovic: 'Grigor Dimitrov is a future star'

Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov celebrates winning against Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov during their men's singles third round match on day five of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 27, 201
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Novak Djokovic describes Grigor Dimitrov as a "future star" after ousting the Bulgarian in the Wimbledon semi-final.

Novak Djokovic was full of praise for his opponent Grigor Dimitrov after beating the Bulgarian in the Wimbledon semi-final.

The top seed is in contention to lift his second Wimbledon title after a four-set win over Dimitrov.

The 23-year-old earned his place in the final four after ousting 2013 champion Andy Murray in straight sets.

"I was playing in the semi-final against a future star," Djokovic told BBC Sport. "He is already a top player after beating Murray and he deserves respect for that. For his first semi he was really fighting and it it was tough.

"Like my last match against [Marin] Cilic I allowed my opponent back into the match and I am just pleased to go through.

"He has quality shots especially the running forehand and a great touch and he is playing well when is aggressive and defending and that is something he has improved on in the last six months or so. It is a good win for me I am glad to be part of a great match."

The Serbian will play either Roger Federer or Milos Raonic in the final.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a forehand return during his Gentlemen's Singles third round match against Gilles Simon of France on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2014
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3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
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