With a Wimbledon semi-final victory, Novak Djokovic looks to break Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s records.
After a straight-set but hard-fought victory over Denis Shapovalov at Wimbledon, Djokovic qualified for his thirtieth Grand Slam final.
Novak Djokovic survived his hardest test of this year’s Wimbledon so far to reach the final, putting him one step closer to a sixth Wimbledon crown.
Denis Shapovalov, the 10th seed, presented a formidable test to the Serbian, who remained on the verge of tying Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slam victories (20).
With nine Australian, three US, and two French open championships to go along with his five Wimbledon titles, Djokovic now has a total of 19.
His quest for a full calendar of Grand Slams continues, with victories in the Australian and French Opens now achieved, and the US Open still to come later this year.
Much of the buzz leading up to the match focused on a ‘changing of the guard,’ with Federer and Andy Murray already out, the latter by Shapovalov himself, and Nadal unable to compete at all this year.
On Centre Court, though, Djokovic proved he is deserving of his number one status, navigating himself through treacherous seas on a regular basis and saving as many as eight break points midway through the second set.
Djokovic should count himself fortunate to have won the first set in a tie-break that was filled with unforced errors from his opponent, who squandered the chance he fought so hard for by breaking his serve early.
Shapovalov was broken while leading five games to four in the first set; much of the first set’s tale revolved around the Canadian committing unforced errors when it counted most.
Shapovalov had the most winners in the first set, but he made his first double fault of the evening when it counted most, when he was down set point to the world number one.
The second set was as close as the first, but Shapovalov’s nerves seemed to get the better of him as the game progressed. By the time the Serb took the second set, the Canadian was clearly flustered, giving the umpire an earful over a disagreement over the timing of a call from one of the line judges.
With Shapovalov’s emotions plainly running, it was a case of calm heads prevailing. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”