After two sets, Novak Djokovic was leading 2-0. However, no one would be surprised if the result of the duel was completely opposite. Denis Shapovalov (12th place), who played for the first time in the semi-finals of the Grand Slam tournament, did not take advantage of many excellent opportunities in both sets, and in crucial moments made surprising mistakes.
Shapovalov missed chances
The Canadian missed the lead 4:2 in the first game, then even 5:3! In the 10th inning, he had two balls since winning the set, but he was broken. In the tiebreak, he lost all balls after a pass and ended with a double serve.
In the second set, Shapovalov missed five breakthrough opportunities. In the fourth match, he was 40:0 ahead of Djokovic’s position. Then he lost five balls in a row. He was in a hurry then, made strange decisions, and the Serb admired his patience. At 5:5 and 30:40, the Canadian made a double serve fault and was broken.
The same situation was repeated in the last batch. At 5:5 Shapovalov lost his favour. Sometimes he plays terribly. He made two double serve faults and three shallow forehand faults. Moments later, with tears in his eyes, he left the court. But he was warmly welcomed. – He did not win the group, but he will certainly be remembered – commented Thomas Tomashevsky, journalist at Polsat Sport.
– The score does not reflect this match. The opponent was better in the first set and had a lot of chances in the next. For all he did today, in two weeks at Wimbledon, I would like to receive a standing ovation. We will see him many times in important matches in the future,” Djokovic said after the match. The Serbs made much fewer mistakes (15-36). He also played great in the net, winning by up to 85%. Arrow (28/33).
Djokovic will get a chance to win the 20th Grand Slam of his career. If he manages to defeat Italian Matteo Berrettini in Sunday’s final, he will be equal to the number of victories with Spaniard Rafael Nadal and Swiss Roger Federer. For the Serbian, this is his 30th and seventh Grand Slam final at Wimbledon (in 2011, 2014-2015, 2018-2019).