Defending champion Novak Djokovic was in ruthless form on Friday as he beat the hardworking Denis Shapovalov to reach this year’s Wimbledon final.
The world No.1 progressed in straight sets — 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 7-5 — but the final result doesn’t reflect how well Shapovalov played in what was his first Grand Slam semifinal.
Meanwhile, Djokovic was playing in his 41st Grand Slam semifinal and showed just how important experience and mentality is at this stage of the tournament.
He will now look to claim a record-equaling 20th major title in Sunday’s final, which would bring him alongside Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for the most men’s Grand Slam titles.
¡UNA FINAL MÁS! 💥🇷🇸
Novak Djokovic sacó a Denis Shapovalov con parciales de 7-6 (3), 7-5 y 7-5 y se metió en el partido decisivo de #Wimbledon. ¿Podrá vencer a Matteo Berrettini para alzar el Grand Slam Nº20 de su carrera? 🌿✨#WIMBLEDONxESPN pic.twitter.com/uLB7YM1Uiw
— ESPN Tenis (@ESPNtenis) July 9, 2021
It was not to be for Denis Shapovalov today, as ive-time-champion Novak Djokovic proved too strong.
It was a massively possitive tournament for Denis, and we could not be more proud of how great he’s played at #Wimbledon!
Great things ahead! 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/MaDkClSYaf
— Tennis Canada (@TennisCanada) July 9, 2021