Denis Shapovalov is in tears as Novak Djokovic advances to his seventh Wimbledon final.
Relive Express Sport’s live game-by-game coverage of Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon semifinal victory over Denis Shapovalov.
After returning to the Wimbledon final, Novak Djokovic is one win away from equaling his record of 20 Grand Slam titles.
In a thrilling semi-final on Centre Court, the world No. 1 held off a valiant assault from Denis Shapovalov to win 7-6 7-5 7-5.
And he’ll now face Matteo Berrettini, who became the first player to reach the final here, kicking off his country’s spectacular sporting Sunday.
However, Djokovic, the defending champion, will be the overwhelming favorite to capture his sixth Wimbledon title – and complete the third leg of a calendar Grand Slam.
In addition, the Australian and French Open champion has a chance to equal Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal’s joint record of 20 Major victories.
“The Grand Slams are everything, especially at this time of my career,” the Serb remarked. “In our sport, there are four events that matter the most. I’ve had the incredible honor of making history in the sport that I adore.
“It thrills my heart to know that there is something historic on the line; it inspires and pushes me, but I also have to balance it out and be present in the moment, winning only the next match. In the coming days, there is only one match. I’ll try not to worry about the Grand Slam final for the 30th time.”
In his 41st Grand Slam semi-final, Djokovic, 34, displayed his expertise against the 22-year-old Canadian in his first.
Shapovalov, a southpaw, started strong, winning 15 straight games on his own serve before dropping the critical 53-minute opening set on a tiebreak.
When he lost the second set due to an over-rule, the No. 10 seed’s rage bubbled over. On the 40th anniversary of John McEnroe’s “You Can’t Be Serious” outburst, he paid tribute to umpire Renaud Lichtenstein with his own version: “He called it 30 minutes before my shot.” What exactly are you up to? “Are you serious?”
The blonde bombshell, who only converted one of 11 break points in the match, sobbed her way off Centre Court.
“The scoreboard doesn’t speak enough about Denis’s performance and match,” Djokovic added. You could tell he was upset; we’ll be seeing a lot more of him.”Brinkwire Summary News”.