There are no answers for Novak Djokovic on the holy turf at Wimbledon. Serbian Novak Djokovic is already one step away from being the tennis player with the most Grand Slam alongside Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Only one victory separates him from the record after taming Canadian Denis Shapovalov 7-6, 7-5 and 7-5.
The 34-year-old and current world number one will play the seventh final of his career at the All England Club, in search of the sixth title. "Nole" has earned the right to fight for his 20th Big after another splendid performance against a Shapovalov, who again and again missed the opportunities he generated.
The Canadian threatened to put Djokovic in trouble, who has not lost a set since the first round to Britain's Jack Draper. In the first set, Shapovalov served for the set when he was leading 5-4, but allowed the ATP leader to come back and claim the win.
While "Nole" was far from playing the best version of him, he remained ready to take advantage of the windows opened by his opponent. The Canadian made a total of 36 unforced errors, which prevented him from dreaming of eliminating the top seed for the title.
In the end Denis fell back into the error that he has been dragging throughout his entire career under pressure. Now in the final he will collide with the Italian Matteo Berrettini, the last test he has left to equal the record of 20 "greats" held by Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer.
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Novak Djokovic praises Matteo Berrettini
Speaking to the media after the match, Novak Djokovic acknowledged that Shapovalov played some fantastic tennis in the first two sets.
The Serb attributed the win to his own ability to handle his nerves even as Shapovalov committed some untimely errors. "It would mean everything (to win). I imagined myself to be fighting for the trophy," the 34-year-old said.
"I hope that I will have the stadium on my side. Every player hopes for that, it's a big difference having the crowd behind you or against you. Hopefully, people can recognize the importance of this match for me," he added.
"But I am prepared for anything, I’ll focus on myself." Standing in his way, however, is seventh seed Matteo Berrettini. "He is one of the best in the world in the last year," Novak Djokovic said. "Working his way up, he has big weapons in serve and forehand.
He can play well on every surface, at Roland Garros we played a tough 4-setter. Grass favours his game even more. Berrettini is red hot, it’s gonna be a great battle," Djokovic added.