“Going To Be A Battle”: Novak Djokovic on Facing Denis Shapovalov at Wimbledon 2021


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Novak Djokovic (Image Credits: Novak Tennis Center Instagram)

World No.1 Novak Djokovic stormed into the Wimbledon semi-final for the third consecutive time. Serb needs to win merely two matches on the grass to equal Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s Grand Slam record tally of 20 titles. 

At the crucial moments, No.1 seed Djokovic will face No.10 seed Denis Shapovalov for a championship match at the SW19. Serbian leads Canadian 6-0 in their head-to-head series. 

Most notably, Novak stunned Denis in straight sets (7-5, 7-5) in the latest meeting at the 2021 ATP Cup. It will be the first encounter between Djokovic and Shapovalov on the lawn. 

Talking ahead of the Shapovalov semi-final clash, Djokovic said, “We played a tight two sets this year (at the) ATP Cup, which was (our) first official match of the season. The courts at the Australian Open were pretty quick this year, so I could get a little bit of an understanding of how well he was serving.”

“It’s Impressive The Way He’s(Shapovalov) Been Playing”, says Novak Djokovic 

In addition, Denis Shapovalov reached his first-ever Grand Slam semifinal after overcoming Karen Khachanov (5 sets), Roberto Bautista Agut (3 sets), Andy Murray (3 sets), Pablo Andujar (walkover), and Philipp Kohlschreiber (5 sets).

Djokovic continued, “You don’t get too many opportunities on his service game, especially here on grass. I’ve seen him play against (Andy) Murray (in the Wimbledon third round).” 

“He’s(Denis) really feeling great. It’s impressive the way he’s been playing. I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be a battle, and I need to be at my best,” the defending champion added. 

However, Novak Djokovic made his 10th Wimbledon semi-final after ousting Marton Fucsovics, Cristian Garin, Denis Kudla, Kevin Anderson, and Jack Draper. Notably, he has a win-loss record of 77-10 in the championships.

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