Denis Shapovalov explains Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon tears after the Serbian was “outplayed” at the tournament.
Denis Shapovalov has revealed the reason for his tearful Centre Court exit after losing to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon semi-finals.
Denis Shapovalov broke down in tears after losing a hard-fought Wimbledon semi-final to Novak Djokovic, and he has now spoken out about why he was so upset. Despite his best efforts, the Canadian lost in straight sets in his maiden Grand Slam semi-final.
Shapovalov believes he was ‘outplaying’ the world No. 1 at times throughout the match, although he only converted one of 11 break point opportunities.
The 22-year-old had a good campaign overall, beating Andy Murray of the United Kingdom in the third round before winning an epic five-set match against Karen Kachanov in the semi-finals.
And the former Wimbledon junior champion believes his game might currently outperform even the finest tennis player on the planet.
After the game, he commented, “I guess what stung so badly this time was just that I felt like the game was there and it was feasible to go and play for the trophy.”
“It’s a sensation I’ve never experienced before, which is why it stung so badly.
“At times during the match, I felt like I was outplaying Novak.
“You can beat anyone if you can outplay Novak.”
“It simply hurt a lot…,” he stated when asked about the reason for his emotional leaving. It’s been a lot of pressure and mental exhaustion. It all kind of spilled out on the court before I could keep it under control.
“It’s almost good to get a taste of it, because it makes me want it even more moving into the following Slams and into the future.
In only his 10th singles encounter at Wimbledon, he put in an outstanding performance.
We’re sure to see a lot more of @denis shapo on this stage in the future… pic.twitter.com/TnMlEIBAtf
“Now I know what I’m capable of and where I can take my game.
“I’m also thinking about how I can develop in order to defeat Novak next time or go even further.”
Meanwhile, Djokovic’s win over the Canadian earns him a place in the Wimbledon final against Matteo Berrettini.
The world No. 1 is aiming for a record-tying 20th Grand Slam trophy as well as a sixth Wimbledon triumph.