Djokovic Advances into Seventh Wimbledon Final

Djokovic Advances into Seventh Wimbledon Final Photo: TT
Novak Djokovic celebrates winning a point against Denis Shapovalov during the men's singles semifinals match at Wimbledon in London, Friday, July 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

The world No. 1 reached his 30th Grand Slam final in his quest for a 20th Grand Slam title, and a sixth trophy at The Championships.

In their first meeting on grass, Novak Djokovic claimed victory over Denis Shapovalov in straights sets 7-6(3), 7-5, 7-5 after two hours and 44 minutes.

This is the most special tournament and court in the world to me. There is no holding back here, particularly at the later stages of an event I always dreamed of winning. The dream keeps going,” he said.

I am trying to take the maximum out of my ability in every match. Giving up is never an option.”

As the initial minutes of the match unfolded, the top seed found his way to come back from a break down to win the opening set 7-6(3) in 53 minutes.

Djokovic’s twentieth straight win at the All England Club did not come without a proper fight, but as he said after the match, “giving up is never an option.”

The Canadian player, contesting his maiden Grand Slam semi-final, put up a fight worthy of the level of the encounter, and despite the loss, the future is bright for the world No. 12.

The 10th seed continued to display an explosive performance during the second set, albeit his efforts did not translate into victory.

Meanwhile, the 34-year-old Serbian saved all the five break points he faced.

Shapovalov lost a break by recording a double fault at 5-5 with the world No. 1 taking the lead 6-5 to close out the set with a service winner 7-5; the result placed him one set away from another Wimbledon final.

The decisive third set was even tighter; the 22-year-old earned the first game with his serve, Djokovic struggled to tie the score 1-1; he hold from 15-40 while saving three break points in the process.

The parity in the score prevailed despite Shapovalov’s four double faults (six overall). At 5-5 (40-40), Djokovic broke his adversary serve to open a 6-5 advantage.

Serving for the match, the man aiming to win his third Grand Slam title of the season - after the Australian Open and Roland Garros, took victory 7-5.

In an on-court interview, Djokovic also spoke about his rival on court: “I don’t think the scoreline says enough about [Shapovalov’s] performance.”

Adding: “He served for the first set and was probably the better player in the second set. He had many chances. We are going to see a lot of him in the future. He is a great player.

The Belgrade native hit eight aces (33 winners and 15 unforced errors), converting 3 of 10 breakpoints, winning 81 percent of his first-service points (55/68).

In addition, the 2019 Stockholm Open champion hit five aces (40 winners and 36 unforced errors), converting 1 of 11 breakpoints, winning 79 percent of his first-service points (57/72).

THE PATH TO THE SFs

The five-time Wimbledon champion moved past world No. 48 Marton Fucsovics on Wednesday in a three-set battle.

And Shapovalov rallied to defeat ranked No. 25 Karen Khachanov after five sets, becoming the third Canadian man in history to reach the semi-finals at the tournament in London.

NEXT

On Sunday, the defending champion will play the championship match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini.

Earlier on Friday, the world No. 9 defeated Hubert Hurkacz in a four-set clash with the Pole player.

The Italian and the Serbian player met on court on two previous occasions, and in both (2019 Nitto ATP Finals - 2021 Roland Garros QFs) the latter emerged victorious.

Cecilia demartini
Sports Pundit staff writer @ceci_2812
Cecilia is a writer and a journalist passionate about sports, particularly motorsport, tennis, and soccer

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