Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov
July 9, 2021 12:00 am EDT
Top seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic will face tenth seed Denis Shapovalov of Canada in the Semi-Finals of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. The match is scheduled to be played on Friday July 9th, 2021 at a time yet to be determined.
Novak Djokovic is a man on a mission here at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships as he seeks to share the record jointly held by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer of 20 Grand Slam singles titles. The Serbian star was the big favorite for the title prior to the event, and he has backed those claims up well by dominating his opponents so far. In the Semi-Finals he will face young Canadian Denis Shapovalov who is participating in the Semis of a Major for the first time. Shapovalov has been impressive so far, but he obviously hasn’t faced anyone of the caliber of Novak Djokovic. Can he shock the tennis world by causing the upset here?
World number one Novak Djokovic is here at Wimbledon to make history, and he is two matches away from doing so. The top seed has been utterly dominant so far, and it will take a miracle to stop him from claiming the title here. In the Quarter-Finals, he cruised past the in-form Marton Fucsovics in straight sets, not allowing his opponent to get in the match at all. Djokovic served extremely well here, as he has all tournament, and his return and counter-punching game were at their dominant best. He enters this match against Denis Shapovalov as the overwhelming favorite here, due to his superior head to head record (6-0) and his experience at this stage of big events.
Denis Shapovalov is ranked #12 in the world and is the 10th seed here at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. The young Canadian has always been a talented player but is finally showing the maturity that is needed to compete at these major events, and it has shown here. He has a big serve and his all around game is perfectly suited for this surface, and now that he has spent a couple of weeks on grass he is really coming into his own. He showed remarkable fighting spirit and heart to come back from two sets down against Karen Khachanov, and is playing with incredible confidence how. Despite being the underdog, if everything is clicking for him on Friday he does have the firepower to trouble the world number one.
The two players have played six times before, with Djokovic winning on each occasion and only dropping two sets. Denis Shapovalov has really turned heads with his play so far here at Wimbledon, and fully deserves to be here in the Semis, but it is very unlikely that he will go any further. He has shown that he will be a threat to the title in the future, but it won’t be this year at Wimbledon. Expect Djokovic to control the tempo of this match, neutralizing the Canadian’s power and taking this match relatively comfortably. He almost never loses at this stage of big tournaments, and he won’t lose here, advancing to yet another Grand Slam Final here at Wimbledon.