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Wimbledon: Djokovic beats Shapovalov to reach final

Wimbledon 2021 Semi-Final, Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov Highlights: Djokovic beat Shapovalov in three sets to book a place in his 30th Grand Slam final.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: July 10, 2021 12:55:15 pm
Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov

Wimbledon 2021 Semi-Final Tennis, Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov Highlights: Defending champion Novak Djokovic beat Denis Shapovalov 7-6, 7-5, 7-5 in the second semifinal of the day to book a place in Sunday’s men’s singles final Italy’s Matteo Berrettini. This will be the 30th Grand Slam final for Djokovic.

“He was serving for the first set, he played better for most of the second set. He is an exciting player and we are sure to see a lot more of him in coming years,” Djokovic said of Shapovalov after his straight-set victory.

Eighth seed Matteo Berrettini earlier beat Poland’s giant-killing Hubert Hurkacz in four sets in the first men’s singles semi-final of the Wimbledon Championships at the Centre Court in London on Friday.

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Wimbledon 2021 Men's Singles Semi-Final, Djokovic vs Shapovalov:

23:58 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Djokovic beats Shapovalov 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-5

15-0. 30-0. 40-0. Game. set. Match. Djokovic is unstoppable. Third Grand Slam final of 2021. Three sets from his 20th career major title. It's all Novak Djokovic, who defeats Denis Shapovalov, 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-5, and will face Matteo Berrettini on Sunday.

23:53 (IST)09 Jul 2021
3rd Set: Djokovic 6-5 Shapovalov

Well it's Groundhog day for Shapovalov! Again, just at the crucial time, Shapovalov commits a double fault. Then, at 30-30, Shapovalov does it again! Another double fault! Unbelievable what pressure does. A forehand goes long, and Djokovic breaks! Is this the end of Shapovalov's fight?

Djokovic to serve for the match now

23:48 (IST)09 Jul 2021
3rd Set: Djokovic 5-5 Shapovalov

Djokovic holds to love! He's closing in now. One break away from a spot in the final. Can Shapovalov take us beyond a 3rd set? Strong game from him too, as he keeps coming to the net. Goes 5-4 up. Once more, Djokovic holds to love. Brisk and businesslike on his serve now, not giving the Canadian a single sighter.

23:38 (IST)09 Jul 2021
3rd Set: Djokovic 3-4 Shapovalov

Both players again hold serve with relative ease. Shapovalov makes Djokovic lose his footing and go rolling in the deep with a perfect drop shot. Boris Becker says Djokovic looks flexible even while falling. Another big attack on the Shapovalov serve now. The Canadian bravely advances to the net and saves a couple of break points. And he still holds! It's Djokovic who is seeing the break points come and go in this set.

23:21 (IST)09 Jul 2021
3rd Set: Djokovic 1-2 Shapovalov

Shapovalov bangs on the door, almost breaking Djokovic again immediately in the third set. But Djokovic, after a series of retrievals, saves break point. Roars a 'Come on', and then a few more for good measure. Crucial hold! Then it's Djokovic who bangs on the door as he senses blood, but Shapovalov also holds firm against break points.

23:04 (IST)09 Jul 2021
3rd Set: Djokovic 0-1 Shapovalov

A very animated reaction from Shapovalov as Djokovic wins the 2nd set, who rages at the chair umpire, which might have more to do with how well he has played but still has nothing to show for it on the scoreboard. The Canadian takes his first service game in the 3rd set without breaking sweat.

22:57 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Djokovic wins 2nd set 7-5

What a point! Some insane defensive lobs from Djokovic...Shapovalov, exasparated, now hits an easy backhand long. Having squandered 5 break points in this set, he now faces his first. And he makes a double fault! 'If there's a difference between these 2 players, that point demonstrates it.' Djokovic to now serve for the 2nd set. Flawless, like he's playing against an invisible opponent. It's been such an equal game all through, the Canadian has even shaded the first halves of both sets, but the Serb is two sets to none up in the semi-final!

22:45 (IST)09 Jul 2021
2nd set: Djokovic 4-5 Shapovalov

Both players take their service games without trouble. Now Shapovalov, is some bother in his 5th service game, faces some trouble as Djoker again looks to up his game in the big points, but the Canadian holds on.

22:36 (IST)09 Jul 2021
2nd set: Djokovic 3-3 Shapovalov

Shapovalov has 3 break point opportunities but Djokovic claws back all 3 to keep things level. The Canadian then holds serve, as both players refuse to concede ground in the 2nd set. Now again on Djokovic's serve, the Canadian goes up. Can he finally pull off a break? What a high quality rally! It's Shapovalov who wins, as the crowd oohs and aahs, 2 more break points for the Canadian. He squanders them both. Has let 5 break points go in the 2nd set so far, as Djoker is again let off the hook.

22:19 (IST)09 Jul 2021
2nd set: Djokovic 1-2 Shapovalov

Shapovalov starts the 2nd set like he had started the first - in absolute control! Starts off by sealing his service game by love. Djokovic holds serve too. Shapovalov, now not liking what he sees on HawkEye after an unsuccessful challenge, seems to be arguing against the merits of technology as he approaches the chair in apparent distress. Does get his focus back to seal another service game at love! Apart from that one last game in the 1st set, Shapovalov's serve has been absolutely on the money!

22:06 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Djokovic wins 1st set 7-6 (7-3)

Tie-Break time! Shapovalov wins the first point, Djokovic raises his hand in despair at the amount of space he left open in going for a drop shot. Shapovalov then hits the net. A wild backhand unforced error then from the Canadian. Cries of frustration from him. Djokovic goes up 2-1. Then 3-1, as Shapovalov again hits the net. Set point for the Djoker! And he does seal the tie-break after Shapovalov makes his first double fault of the game.

21:58 (IST)09 Jul 2021
First set goes to tie-break

Djokovic now slithers into control slowly! Seals out his service game to go 6-5 up. Shapovalov then comes up with a series of one-handed backhands which are so good even Djokovic applauds as he is wrong-footed by one. Love game again! It's 6-6 in the first set.

21:52 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Djokobic breaks back, Djokovic 5-5 Shapovalov

Djokovic serves at 3-5, Shapovalov continues controlling the tempo of the rallies, and he gets us to deuce! Djokovic manages to hold. Gets it to 4-5. Shapovalov now to serve for the first set. And there's the unforced error from the Canadian. Had conceded just 2 points on his serve in the whole match so far, concedes 4 points in this one. Had the whole court to aim at but goes long with his forehand. For all of Shapovalov's control through the set, it's Djokovic who wins the big points.

21:40 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Djokovic 3-5 Shapovalov

Djokovic also sees through his service game, but not without signs of encouragement for Shapovalov. Djoker mostly content to sit well behind the baseline now, as Shapovalov does most of the lateral and back-and-forth running. The same theme continues in the Canadian's service game, with Shapovalov dictating the points at this stage. Love game, again! He has lost just 2 points on serve so far!

21:34 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Djokovic 2-4 Shapovalov

Shapovalov lording this first set at the moment! Seals his next service game at love. Djokovic also holds his service game without sweat. Shapovalov also seals the following game without trouble. Indian star Rohan Bopanna seen in the crowd looking chuffed at the southpaw's form.

21:25 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Djokovic broken! Djokovic 1-2 Shapovalov

Shapovalov concedes a lead to Djokovic on his serve, but gets back into the lead and closes out the game with a clenched fist. 1-1 in the first set. And there's some early trouble for Djokovic. Shapovalov advances to the net and brings up two break points with a smash through the middle. Djoker shows his resilience in getting us back to deuce but then Shapovalov again advances to smash a forehand into the corner. Shapovalov breaks!

21:14 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Djokovic 1-0 Shapovalov

Berrettini became the first Italian Player to reach a Singles Final at Wimbledon. Djokovic will be trying to win the Wimbledon title for a 6th time as he looks to stave off Shapovalov in the semi. Serves first. Races to a lead.  Seals the first service game at love.

21:05 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Djokovic vs Shapovalov

Time for the second semi! Djokovic and Shapovalov walk out to the centre court. Who will meet Berrettini in Sunday's final?

20:44 (IST)09 Jul 2021
BERRETTINI REACHES FIRST WIMBLEDON FINAL!

Berrettini beats Hurkacz 6-3, 6-0, 6-7, 6-4 and advances to his first Grand Slam final! He becomes the first Italian — man or woman — to make a Wimbledon singles final, relying on his powerful forehand, accurate service and quick movements. Bellissimo!

20:37 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Berrettini 6-3, 6-0, 6-7, 5-4 Hurkacz*

Berrettini knows the deal now: simply hold serve and go through to the final. That's what he does again... he holds to love. Hurcakz does the same too but after some toil. Berrettini stole two points, making it 30-30 at one point. Still, the Polish survives...

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