July 07, 2021 5:11 PM
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Adam Evans

2021 Wimbledon Championships Semi-Final – Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov taking place? Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov will take place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England

When is Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov on and what time does it start? Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov will take place on Friday 9th July, 2021 – not before 15:30 (UK) / 10:30 (US EST)

What surface is Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov being played on? Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov will be played on an outdoor grass court

Where can I get tickets for Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov? Visit this link for the latest ticket information for Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov

What channel is Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov on? Coverage of Wimbledon is shared between BBC and Eurosport

Where can I stream Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov? If televised on BBC, this match can be streamed live on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website. If the match is televised on Eurosport, subscribers can stream the match live on Eurosport Player

THE PREDICTION

World number one Novak Djokovic claimed his fourth straight-set victory in a row on Wednesday by taking out a robust challenge in Marton Fucsovics in the quarter-finals. The five-time Wimbledon champion, and indeed double-defending champion from 2018 and 2019, has only dropped his first set here as he settled into thing against Jack Draper but even that match proved to be an eventual procession. 34-year-old Djokovic has lost three semi-finals at Wimbledon over his 15 previous campaigns at SW19, more than at any other stage of the tournament, to Rafael Nadal in 2007, Roger Federer in 2012 and Tomas Berdych in 2017. However, his exits to both Nadal and Berdych came through injury.

World number 12 Denis Shapovalov reached a career-high 10th in the ATP rankings in September last year and should be well on his way to breaking even further than that once he is done with this campaign. The Canadian looks to have matured at least two years over the last fortnight as the mental side of his game catches up with his mercurial talents with several different Grand Slam tests passed. The 22-year-old made it through a nervous five sets in the first round with Philipp Kohlschreiber, had to recalibrate and lose rhythm in a walkover through the second round, faced the home favourite Andy Murray and then face the much flatter atmosphere of taking out a dogged Roberto Bautista Agut all to get to the quarter-finals. There on Wednesday he played like a future champion by overcoming a resurgent Karen Khachanov over five tough sets, not least coming back from 2-1 down in convincing fashion.

All that means Shapovalov has earned the right to face the defending champion in a mouth-watering semi-final on Friday. The odds are heavily stacked against the youngster as 19-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic is chasing a record-equalling 20th major and leads their head-to-head record 6-0. Shapovalov has taken a set off Djokovic on two previous occasions but will have to play the best match of his young life if he is to take even two here. Realistically, Djokovic was the firm favourite coming into Wimbledon and it looks like there is no player left able to challenge him. Over three sets and in this form perhaps Shapovalov would have more of a chance of blitzing the Serb but over five take the defending champion to win outright here.

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