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Djokovic beats Shapovalov in semi-finals, looking at record-tying 20th Grand Slam

Novak Djokovic. Photo: Wimbledon

London, July 10 (MNN) Serbian Novak Djokovic reached his seventh Wimbledon final on Friday by defeating 10th seed Denis Shapovalov 7-6(3), 7-5, 7-5 in the semi-finals of The Championships here.

He set up a championship showdown against seventh seed Matteo Berrettini, who earlier eliminated 14th seed Hubert Hurkacz.

World number 1 Djokovic — within one victory of a record-tying 20th Grand Slam title — rallied from a break down in the first set and withstood a baseline barrage from Shapovalov to triumph after two hours and 44 minutes.

The Serbian superstar has not lost a set since his first set of the tournament against home favourite Jack Draper.

He joins Swiss Roger Federer as the only two men to reach 30 Grand Slam finals (Federer has made 31).

A win on Sunday will give the top seed his third major trophy of the season and move him to within a US Open crown of completing the calendar-year Grand Slam.

The 19-time Grand Slam champion has now won six consecutive semi-finals at the All England Club, and is now 30-11 in major semi-finals overall, including 16 of his past 17.

Djokovic will play another powerful foe on Sunday. He leads Berrettini 2-0 in their ATP Head2Head series — the Serbian lost just three games against him at the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals and needed four sets to beat the Italian in this year’s Roland Garros quarter-finals.

Berrettini, however, is playing the best tennis of his career, and is now 11-0 this season on grass. Djokovic owns a 20-match tour-level winning streak on grass.

This is the first time Djokovic has advanced to the Wimbledon final with the loss of just one set. The Serbian lost two sets en route to the championship match at the All England Club in 2013, 2015 and 2019.

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