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Wimbledon 2021 Men's Semis Highlights: It's Djokovic vs Berrettini in Final

Wimbledon Tennis 2021 Men's Singles Semi-finals Highlights: Novak Djokovic sets up a final meet with Matteo Berrettini as he beats Denis Shapovalov in straight sets in the semi-final. Earlier, Berrettini made his first Grand Slam final.

News18.com | July 10, 2021, 00:06 IST

Wimbledon Tennis 2021 Men’s Singles Semi-finals Highlights: Novak Djokovic set up a final meet with Matteo Berrettini in the gentlemen’s singles final on Sunday with a 7-6(3), 7-5, 7-5 win over 10th seed Denis Shapovalov of Canada. This is Djokovic’s 30th Grand Slam final and a seventh at the All England Club. Djokovic held his serve with ease to win the semi-final. Djokovic broke Shapovalov to take a 6-5 lead and served for the match. Both Shapovalov and Djokovic stayed with each other in the third set for a long time. Djokovic took a two-set lead as he took the second set 7-5. Unforced errors from Shapovalov on the big points again and he was broken. Shapovalov had five break points but he could not convert any in the second set. Djokovic came from a break down to take the first set 7-6(3). A wild tiebreak where Djokovic showed vulnerabilities too but Shapovalov’s nerves gave away. Djokovic broke back Shapovalov when the Canadian was serving for the set. Shapovalov broke Djokovic early in the first set.

Matteo Berrettini made his first Grand Slam final with a 6-3, 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-4 win over Hubert Hurkacz. Berrettini got a break to begin with in the fourth set and just held his serve from there to make the final. Hurkacz forced a fourth set as he takes the third set 7-6(3) in a fighting display. Berrettini had a two-set lead in the semi-final after he smoked Hurkacz 6-0 in the second set. Berrettini took the first set 6-3 against Hurkacz and has the lead in the semi-final.

Novak Djokovic reached a seventh Wimbledon final, driven on by the desire to capture a sixth title at the All England Club and record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title. The world number one got a seventh win over Shapovalov in their seventh meeting on the tour.

Jul 10, 2021 00:06 (IST)

Here is what Novak Djokovic has to say after reaching the final:

"I don't think the scoreline says enough about the performance and the match. He was serving for the first set, he was perhaps the better player in the second set. I want to give him a round of applause for all he is done today and this week. It was his first Grand Slam final, you could see the emotions, we will see more of him, he is a great player.

"Yes, you can say so obviously. The most special tournament in the world for me and on this court, there is no holding back when you step on the court in the later stages. I always dream of winning and the dream goes on. I try to bring out my best and see what happens. Giving up is never an option.

"Hearing it from you feels great (30th Grand Slam final and a seventh at Wimbledon). As I have been saying for the last couple of matches, you should travel with me as my mentor or psychologist, encouraging me with the stats. Particularly at this stage of my career, Grand Slams are everthing, these four events count the most in our sport and I am very priviledged to make history in the sport I truly love. It fills my heart every time when I hear there is something on the line, history inspires and motivates me but at the same time, I have to balance it with trying to be in the moment and look at winning only the next match. For me, only one match exists in a few days, I am sure we cannot think about the 30th Grand Slam final. Grand Slam final, walking into the court, is a completely different feeling."

Jul 09, 2021 23:59 (IST)

Denis Shapovalov packs up his bags and puts in on the court. As tears come out of his eyes, he claps and thanks the crowd for the all the support. He gave it his all but he just slipped up on the big points and that is where Djokovic took control. The world No.1 wasn't the better player but the smarter one!

Jul 09, 2021 23:58 (IST)

Novak Djokovic sets up final meet with Matteo Berrettini and stays on course to a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title with a 7-6(3), 7-5, 7-5 win over Denis Shapovalov.

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-5* Shapovalov

Djokovic goes up 30-0 with a couple of good points on the net. He seals the deal with a fantastic serve and he is into the final.

Jul 09, 2021 23:53 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 7-5, 6-5* Shapovalov

Djokovic gets another break point after another double fault from Shapovalov. The Canadian takes it to deuce. Djokovic gets another break point with the advantage as Shapovalov sends his backhand wide. He breaks Shapovalov as the Canadian blasts a forehand long. Djokovic screams in delight!

Jul 09, 2021 23:51 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 7-5, 5-5* Shapovalov

Djokovic goes up 15-0 after a huge double fault from Shapovalov. Djokovic goes up 30-0 as he keeps asking questions of Shapovalov. He makes it 15-30 with a good serve, deep forehand and an overhead smash. Shapovalov makes it 30-30 with a brilliant inside-in forehand winner. 

Jul 09, 2021 23:48 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 7-5, 5-5* Shapovalov

Djokovic goes 15-0 up on his serve. He makes it 30-0 as Shapovalov shanks his backhand. Djokovic goes up 40-0 with a forehand winner. He holds his serve to love with a beautiful volley drop shot.

Jul 09, 2021 23:44 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 7-5, 4-5* Shapovalov

At 15-15, Djokovic with a poor miss to give Shapovalov a 30-15 advantage. Shapovalov then gets the luck of the net cord to go up 40-15. He then makes a strong play at the end with a good overhead at the net to go up 5-4.

Jul 09, 2021 23:42 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 7-5, 4-4* Shapovalov

Fantastic serve and drop shot from Djokovic to go up to 30-0. Djokovic with another big serve to make it 40-0. Djokovic holds his serve to love with a forehand winner.

Jul 09, 2021 23:38 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 7-5, 3-4* Shapovalov

Shapovalov gets the advantage as Djokovic misses the backhand return to his second serve. He holds his serve with a deep, powerful second serve. The Canadian is fighting and the world No.1 is seeing break points come and go now.

Jul 09, 2021 23:37 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 7-5, 3-3* Shapovalov

Djokovic gets the first point after Shapovalov makes a long forehand. He makes it 15-15 with an excellent body serve. A good serve from Shapovalov and then Djokovic slips as Shapovalov takes a 30-15 lead. Djokovic makes it 30-30 with a stunning running lob. Djokovic gets a break point but Shapovalov saves it with a stunning backhand winner right on the line. Djokovic gets a second break point as Shapovalov hits the forehand into the net. The Canadian saves another one with an excellent forehand volley.

Jul 09, 2021 23:31 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 7-5, 3-3* Shapovalov

Shapovalov takes the first point of the Djokovic service game but he misses the next ball on backhand to make it 15-15. A forehand miss from Shapovalov as Djokovic goes up 30-15. He makes it 40-15 but makes a double fault next to get Shapovalov to 40-30. He holds his serve as Shapovalov misses the forehand on service return.

Jul 09, 2021 23:27 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 7-5, 2-3* Shapovalov

Djokovic with a food service game to easily make it 2-2.

Shapovalov makes  a couple of great shots on his froehand to make it 30-0. He then misses a forehand to make it 30-15. He makes another unforced error on the forehand to make it 30-30. Fantastic serve and volley from Shapovalov to make it 40-30. He holds his serve with a good second serve out wide.

Jul 09, 2021 23:20 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 7-5, 1-2* Shapovalov

He gets the advantage with a good serve and single-handed backhand combination and he gets a very important hold after saving break points with a big first serve. Now, he lets out a roar!

Jul 09, 2021 23:19 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 7-5, 1-1* Shapovalov

With a good serve and volley, Shapovalov takes the first point. Djokovic makes it 15-15. Shapovalov misses a running forehand and Djokovic goes up 30-15. Now, Djokovic has two break points even as Shapovalov makes Djokovic run around. He saves one as Djokovic misses his forehand in an awkward position. He makes it 40-40 with a big serve. He makes a double fault to give Djokovic a third break point. He saves the third one with a fantastic first serve.

Jul 09, 2021 23:14 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 7-5, 1-1* Shapovalov

Advantage to Djokovic with a good first serve. Shapovalov takes it back to deuce as he make excellent hustled returns and Djokovic puts his volley into the net. Djokovic takes the advantage again and holds his serve with another forehand miss from Shapovalov after Djokovic just hung on in the point. A big hold from the Serb and his roar shows that.

Jul 09, 2021 23:11 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 7-5, 0-1* Shapovalov

Shapovalov takes the first point of this second game in the third set as Djokovic misses his backhand. Great approach to the net from Shapovalov to put Djokovic under pressure and go up 30-0. Can he make it count this time though?

Djokovic makes it 15-30 after a shanked backhand from Shapovalov. Djokovic slips to give Shapovalov two break points. He saves one with a big serve. He saves another with good a decent serve and volley while Shapovalov's lob goes long, 40-40. Advantage to Shapovalov and Djokovic saves the third break point with a big serve.

Jul 09, 2021 23:05 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 7-5, 0-1* Shapovalov

Shapovalov is going to have to try and stay positive and that's how he has started this third set. Good serving and he goes up 40-0. Another good serve out wide from him but Djokovic returns good and the Canadian can't put it back in play, 40-15. Shapovalov holds his serve with a good serve and forehand.

Jul 09, 2021 22:58 (IST)

Novak Djokovic takes a two-set lead in the semi-final as he takes the second set 7-5. One foot in the final for the world No.1!

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 7-5* Shapovalov

Djokovic immediately 15-0 up. A backhand miss from Shapovalov to go up 30-0. Djokovic goes up 40-0 with a fantastic sliced volley. Hawk-eye says it's in and Djokovic takes the second set.

Jul 09, 2021 22:53 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 6-5* Shapovalov

A fantastic backhand winner from Shapovalov to take the first point. Djokovic takes the next point to make it 15-15. A good out wide serve and a backhand winner down the line from Shapovalov to go up 30-15. What a point! Djokovic just kept getting balls back and in the end, Shapovalov got on the backfoot with a lob from the Serb and the world No.1 made it count, 30-30. Djokovic gets a break point, and what a moment to get it. A double fault from Shapovalov to lose that game and now, Djokovic will serve for the set.

Jul 09, 2021 22:49 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 5-5* Shapovalov

A running volley miss from Shapovalov and Djokovic wins the first point. A big serve down the T from Djokovic gets him 30-0 up. Good serve and volley from Djokovic to take a 40-0 lead. Djokovic holds his serve to love.

Jul 09, 2021 22:45 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 4-5* Shapovalov

Two good serves from Shapovalov to go up 30-0. An unforced error from Djokovic and Shapovalov goes up 40-0. A wild forehand from Shapovalov to make it 40-15. Another attempt to go big that goes wide and Shapovalov makes it 40-30. He holds his serve with a forehand wide that Djokovic hits back into the net.

Jul 09, 2021 22:42 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 4-4* Shapovalov

Two good serves and Djokovic goes up 30-0. This service game, Djokovic shows a bit more composure and makes an easy hold of serve.

Jul 09, 2021 22:39 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 3-4* Shapovalov

Good first serve from Shapovalov to take the first point. A fantastic forehand volley from the Canadian to make it 30-30. Confident serve and volley from Shapovalov to go up 40-0. He seals the game and holds his serve to love with another big serve. Mighty impressive!

Jul 09, 2021 22:37 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 3-3* Shapovalov

An unforced error on the forehand from Shapovalov off a Djokovic deep return and it's advantage Djokovic. A fantastic down-the-line forehand winner from the Canadian to take it back to deuce. He wants the crowd to up the noise even more. A serve out wide from Djokovic and he volleys the other side, Shapovalov returns it to his body but an awkward Djokovic touches it to the other side. He seals the game with a big serve. How will this weigh down on Shapovalov?

Jul 09, 2021 22:34 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 2-3* Shapovalov

A fantastic running backhand return from Shapovalov and Djokovic can't respond, first point to Shapovalov! Djokovic can't close on the overhead and forehand and has to go for a backhand slice drop shot to make it 15-15. Shapovalov has two more break points with Djokovic looking vulnerable and the Canadian being aggressive. Shapovalov strays with the backhand on another big point and the Serb is able to save a break point. One more to go! Another break point evaporates for Shapovalov with a big serve from Djokovic.

Jul 09, 2021 22:28 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 2-3* Shapovalov

Shapovalov shanks the forehand off a deep return from Djokovic to go down 0-15. A big serve from the Canadian to make it 15-15. A big first serve down the middle from the Canadian to go up 30-15. Shapovalov is in his rhythm, he is not letting the disappointment of the previous game affect him. He seals the game with a big first serve down the T.

Jul 09, 2021 22:26 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 2-2* Shapovalov

A short forehand from Djokovic and Shapovalov crunches that with a good forehand to win the point. Djokovic shanks a regular forehand at the net to go down 0-30. Shapovalov has three break points. An awkward forehand from Djokovic but it's a winner, 15-40. Shapovalov runs across the court getting the ball back in play but Djokovic closes it down to save another break point. Shapovalov with an unforced error on the forehand and all the break points slip away. Djokovic takes the advantage after serving out wide and volleying it. Shapovalov misses the backhand and with five consecutive points, Djokovic holds. Such a disappointment for Shapovalov!

Jul 09, 2021 22:19 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 1-2* Shapovalov

A great forehand from Shapovalov to take the first point. He then makes a good serve to go up 30-0. A solid forehand from Shapovalov on Djokovic's backhand but the Serb makes an unforced error there and Shapovalov goes up 40-0. Djokovic makes another unforced error on the forehand and Shapovalov holds his serve.

Jul 09, 2021 22:17 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 1-1* Shapovalov

Djokovic goes up 30-0 but then a deep return from Shapovalov gets him to lose his balance as the Canadian makes it 30-15. Shapovalov was at 30-40 when he made a fantastic return but stopped playing thinking Djokovic's ball was out. The challenge showed it was in and Djokovic takes the game.

Jul 09, 2021 22:12 (IST)

Djokovic 7-6 (3), 0-1* Shapovalov

What a fantastic overhead volley from Shapovalov with the ball completely behind him to win that first point, that should give him confidence after losing the first set in that fashion. Deft touch at the net from the Canadian to go up 30-0, that is confident stuff! A fantastic serve from Shapovalov to go up 40-0. He holds his serve with another big serve.

Wimbledon 2021 Men's Semis Highlights: It's Djokovic vs Berrettini in Final
Matteo Berrettini vs Hubert Hurkacz (top) and Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov (Photo Credit: AP)

In Berrettini vs Hurkacz, the battle was expected to be very interesting but Berrettini showed his dominance and was the better player through the entire match even though he lost a set.

When Djokovic will meet Berrettini in the final on Sunday, he will have the experience of winning 19 Grand Slam title while it will be a first such occasion for the Italian.

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