Denis Shapovalov Novak Djokovic, Wimbledon demi-final – .

Denis Shapovalov Novak Djokovic, Wimbledon demi-final – .

As expected when facing one of the game’s greatest players, the history of the gang doesn’t give Canadian Denis Shapovalov much of an advantage when he fell in the semifinals at Wimbledon with favorite Novak Djokovic.
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Grand Slam success? Advantage Djokovic. The Serbian star has won 19 major titles, just one short of the record jointly held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. He has won five titles at Wimbledon on his own, including the last two at the All England Club. Shapovalov, meanwhile, is in a Slam semi-final for the first time in his career.

Consistency? Advantage Djokovic. The world No.1 is playing excellent tennis this year, even by his already high standards. He’s 27-3 this year with three titles, including the Australian Open and the French Open.

Live? Advantage Djokovic. The 34-year-old won his first ATP Tour match in 2004, which kicked off a career that saw Djokovic set a record for most weeks in the No.1 standings with 322. Shapovalov made his Tour debut in 2017 and is still considered a rising player. Star.

And, of course, Djokovic has a 6-0 advantage in the head-to-head meetings.

What Shapovalov has ahead of Friday’s game, however, is the confidence and respect of his elite opponent.

“I think I have the game to beat (Djokovic),” said the 22-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., After his quarter-final victory over Karen Khachanov on Wednesday.

“Obviously, he played very well this season and he loves this surface (grass). It’s definitely a very tough game ahead of me, but I believe in my game. I think I played really good tennis. “

Djokovic’s most recent victory over Shapovalov was a 7-5, 7-5 victory in the ATP Cup round robin tournament in Melbourne, Australia in January. They met once in a Grand Slam, with Shapovalov taking a set from Djokovic – which is no small feat – before falling in the third round of the 2019 Australian Open. That same year, they faced each other in the prestigious Paris Masters final, Djokovic winning 6-3, 6-4.

Friday is a blank slate, according to Shapovalov.

“When you leave this game it’s 0-0,” he said. ” That’s all. It’s a tennis match at the end of the day. The experience, this, that – it boils down to when and who is playing better. “

Djokovic has said Shapovalov will present his biggest challenge at Wimbledon.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Djokovic after his quarter-final victory over Marton Fucsovics. “It’s going to be a battle and I have to be at my best. “

Djokovic called Shapovalov a leader of the next generation of tennis stars.

“Maybe he hasn’t won any big games in the last couple of years, (but) it looks like he’s maturing,” Djokovic said. “You would expect that from a player like him who really has a full game. “

As intimidating as Djokovic is an opponent, Shapovalov has unique weapons in his arsenal. He plays with an exciting high risk, high reward style that becomes more effective after being tempered by experience. And his strong serve, coming from his left hand delivery, is a danger that even gives Djokovic a break.

“It’s always difficult to play against a southpaw on fast surfaces,” said Djokovic.

“You don’t have a lot of opportunities against his service game, especially on grass,” he added.

Shapovalov is looking to become the first Canadian to win a men’s Grand Slam singles title. Milos Raonic reached the Wimbledon final in 2016 before losing to Andy Murray.

Bianca Andreescu became Canada’s first Grand Slam singles winner when she defeated Serena Williams in the 2019 US Open final,

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 8, 2021.


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