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Wimbledon 2021: Novak Djokovic to face Denis Shapovalov in semi-finals

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Defending champion Novak Djokovic had too much quality for Hungary's Marton Fucsovics as he reached the Wimbledon semi-finals with a focused display.

Djokovic, 34, was far from his best, but still won 6-3 6-4 6-4 against 29-year-old Fucsovics, who was contesting his first Grand Slam quarter-final.

The Serb will play 10th seed Denis Shapovalov on Friday after the Canadian beat Russian 25th seed Karen Khachanov.

Djokovic is now two wins from a record-equalling 20th men's major.

After winning the Australian Open and French Open titles already this year, another triumph at the All England Club will mean he equals the tally jointly held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Nadal is not playing at SW19 this year, while Federer was beaten in straight sets in his quarter-final by Hubert Hurkacz, who will face Matteo Berrettini in the last four.

Italy's Berrettini defeated Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3 5-7 7-5 6-3 to reach his first Wimbledon semi-final.

Djokovic content after 'solid' win

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Five-time champion Djokovic had dropped just one set on his way to the Wimbledon quarter-finals and never looked like losing another against world number 48 Fucsovics.

That was despite the Serb playing less cleanly and confidently than in any of his previous four wins.

Djokovic looked tense throughout a victory that took two hours and 17 minutes, only lightening up after clinching victory on his first match point.

On a windy Centre Court, Djokovic made a superb start as he raced into a 5-0 lead and created his first set point with just 22 minutes on the clock.

Yet, it took him another five set points – and 20 minutes more – to seal the opener.

Fucsovics, who had won just one main-draw match at Wimbledon before this year, dug deeper and started to offer more resistance.

A crucially-timed break for a 5-4 lead proved the difference in the second set, with Djokovic taking the Hungarian's serve in the first game of the third set.

It was not all plain sailing, though. Djokovic had to see off four break points in the set before clinching victory when Fucsovics batted a first serve long.

"It was a solid performance," said Djokovic, who recorded his 100th career win on a grass court.

"I started off extremely well, there were not too many things wrong in the first six games.

"Then, one break of serve in the second and third sets were enough. Credit to Marton for hanging in there."

Shapovalov relieved after reaching first Slam semi-final

While Djokovic is an old hand at this stage of a Grand Slam, he will again face an opponent who is entering new territory.

Shapovalov reached his first major semi-final with a 6-4 3-6 5-7 6-1 6-4 victory over Khachanov.

The 22-year-old has been long been one of the most exciting talents on the ATP Tour, but previously had little pedigree on the grass before this summer.

While the left-hander won the junior Wimbledon title in 2016, he had only won four tour-level matches on the surface before reaching the Queen's semi-finals last month. Now he has backed that run up on the most prestigious grass courts of all.

Shapovalov came through a nervy deciding set against Khachanov, unable to take any of three break points at 2-2 but finally taking the Russian's serve for a 5-4 lead.

After starting with a nervy double fault, he composed himself to serve out the match before falling flat on his back at the baseline.

"There were so many times where I thought Karen was too good and going to roll away with the match," said Shapovalov, who puffed out his cheeks, shook his head and laughed in disbelief after clinching victory.

"It was definitely super, super tough, especially in the fifth set."

Berrettini battles to victory over Auger-Aliassime

Seventh seed Berrettini equals his best Grand Slam performance in reaching the semi-finals at SW19, having reached the last four at the US Open in 2019.

Facing his close friend Auger-Aliassime, he needed seven set points to wrap up the opener having earlier won five successive games.

Canada's 16th seed was able to restore parity in the second set, but a tight third set that remained on serve followed until Berrettini broke Auger-Aliassime in the 12th game.

The Italian was able to break his 20-year-old opponent early in the fourth, going on to seal victory with a love hold.

"He's probably one of my best friends on Tour, so it's never easy to play against him," Berrettini said. "We know each other pretty well. Today was really tricky. Good luck to him but I'm really happy for me.

"I just know I'm trying to win every match I play. Every match is difficult. It depends on the opponent. Felix today played some parts of the match better than me. I asked myself to be tough. I just cared about the win."

On facing Hurkacz, he added: "It will be the first time for both of us on grass at Wimbledon. He beat Federer which means he's playing well but I'm feeling confident."

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Comment posted by Display name, at 16:56 7 JulDisplay name

16:56 7 JulThis generation will be tainted by the fact they couldn’t displace Djockovic, Federer and Nadal even when they were closer to a buss pass than the start of their careers.

Only Murray managed to hold a candle to them for a short period.433H

Reply posted by HandOfBob, at 17:14 7 JulHandOfBob

17:14 7 Julto Display name"This generation will be tainted by the fact they couldn’t displace Djockovic, Federer and Nadal even when they were closer to a buss pass than the start of their careers. Only Murray managed to hold a candle to them for a short period."HandOfBob replied: Stan Wawrinka upset the apple cart a few times as well.453More replies (15)downK

Comment posted by Kristofferson, at 17:57 7 JulKristofferson

17:57 7 JulUsual disgusting crowd are back screaming and applauding Hurkacz double faults.
I despise blue rinses…… “Be mine Roger…..”
Get a grip FFS.
Sickening.434B

Reply posted by Bricksnmortar, at 18:03 7 JulBricksnmortar

18:03 7 Julto Kristofferson"Usual disgusting crowd are back screaming and applauding Hurkacz double faults.I despise blue rinses…… “Be mine Roger…..”Get a grip FFS.Sickening."Bricksnmortar replied: Sick making as you say. No appreciation of the game. And that moronic hand clap every time a call is challenged……..makes me ashamed.92More replies (5)downB

Comment posted by BBC123, at 16:55 7 JulBBC123

16:55 7 JulI think this is the first year in a long time that I genuinely have no interest in the second week at Wimbledon. Djokovic is brutally efficient, but very boring to watch.

It is however clear as day that he’s going to cruise to his 20th slam, and fair play to him for that.6123A

Reply posted by Andy, at 16:58 7 JulAndy

16:58 7 Julto BBC123"I think this is the first year in a long time that I genuinely have no interest in the second week at Wimbledon. Djokovic is brutally efficient, but very boring to watch. It is however clear as day that he’s going to cruise to his 20th slam, and fair play to him for that."Andy replied: Agree710More replies (14)downG

Comment posted by gooner7, at 18:24 7 Julgooner7

18:24 7 JulThe bbc seem obsessed with Roger so I’ll say it, fantastic performance Hubert. Totally destroyed Federer.362A

Reply posted by AFCDale, at 18:27 7 JulAFCDale

18:27 7 Julto gooner7"The bbc seem obsessed with Roger so I’ll say it, fantastic performance Hubert. Totally destroyed Federer."AFCDale replied: It wasn’t fantastic though, Hurkacz can + has played a lot better than that already this year and in this tournament alone, he had to do far more to beat Medvedev yesterday.71More replies (2)downG

Comment posted by GC, at 16:55 7 JulGC

16:55 7 JulJohn Inverdale’s commentary on this match regarding Hungarian women was poor, misjudged, and unprofessional.362O

Reply posted by Owen Goal, at 17:24 7 JulOwen Goal

17:24 7 Julto GC"John Inverdale’s commentary on this match regarding Hungarian women was poor, misjudged, and unprofessional."Owen Goal replied: I have to chuckle …

Because the last time he made a really poor, misjudged and unprofessional comment about a female player …

Marion Bartoli …

She ended up being his co-presenter for the French Open coverage on ITV4 …

Karma !

BTW. that was a really excellent show, sad to know that it will be no more.121More replies (12)downJ

Comment posted by jonnyroper1989, at 17:28 7 Juljonnyroper1989

17:28 7 JulHate him all you want but he’s unbeatable no one on the tour can match him especially in the grand slam tournaments the gap is embarrassing, he’s probably playing at 60% max and reached the semis, he will go on to win nearly 30 grand slams easily.358M

Reply posted by Mr McD, at 17:34 7 JulMr McD

17:34 7 Julto jonnyroper1989"Hate him all you want but he’s unbeatable no one on the tour can match him especially in the grand slam tournaments the gap is embarrassing, he’s probably playing at 60% max and reached the semis, he will go on to win nearly 30 grand slams easily."Mr McD replied: It’s boring to watch and that isn’t good for tennis.1630More replies (9)downT

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Comment posted by TheEyebrowOfRodgerMoore, at 16:54 7 JulTheEyebrowOfRodgerMoore

16:54 7 JulPlease Shapovalov , do us all a favour and beat this guy.6138T

Reply posted by The Spin Doctor, at 17:20 7 JulThe Spin Doctor

17:20 7 Julto TheEyebrowOfRodgerMoore"Please Shapovalov , do us all a favour and beat this guy."The Spin Doctor replied: Don’t worry, Djokovic will probably hit another lines woman, it is long overdue.1825More replies (17)downH

Comment posted by HandOfBob, at 16:50 7 JulHandOfBob

16:50 7 JulGoing to take something special to beat him in the big ones this year.221K

Reply posted by Kate G F, at 18:30 7 JulKate G F

18:30 7 Julto HandOfBob"Going to take something special to beat him in the big ones this year."Kate G F replied: If 2020 was not washed out due to Covid and if not that shameful disqualification, Djoker would have 21 slams by now137More replies (3)downP

Comment posted by Peteovic, at 17:39 7 JulPeteovic

17:39 7 JulYou could always tell he might be goat one day when he ate the centre court grass after beating Nadal in 2011.
Some people will like him and some people will not, that’s life !
But to possibly equal Fed and Nadal on 20 slams is some achievement during the same era.


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Reply posted by jonnyroper1989, at 17:44 7 Juljonnyroper1989

17:44 7 Julto Peteovic"You could always tell he might be goat one day when he ate the centre court grass after beating Nadal in 2011. Some people will like him and some people will not, that’s life !But to possibly equal Fed and Nadal on 20 slams is some achievement during the same era."jonnyroper1989 replied: Equal he will go on to eclipse fed and nadal grand slam tally by some margin, Novak is far too superior to anyone on the tour the gap is embarrassing.174More replies (2)downD

Comment posted by Dallas Cowboys Liverpool FC, at 17:07 7 JulDallas Cowboys Liverpool FC

17:07 7 JulAlthough Djokovic will be the big favourite, Djokovic Vs. Shapovalov will still be a good game, could be more closer than people think. Shapovalov has beaten Djokovic in an ATP tournament before.193Removed commentMore replies (9)downR

Comment posted by rogga1234, at 17:34 7 Julrogga1234

17:34 7 JulDjovak Nokovic will end up with most slams184W

Reply posted by WellKeen, at 18:08 7 JulWellKeen

18:08 7 Julto rogga1234"Djovak Nokovic will end up with most slams"WellKeen replied: The Goatovic143More replies (2)downA

Comment posted by Andy, at 16:57 7 JulAndy

16:57 7 JulI’m not a Djokovic fan at all, even though a very good tennis player without question. However he rarely gets tested in the slams until the semis or final itself. Suppose its just how the draws pan out but the fact these matches are so one sided makes them unenjoyable to watch in my opinion. The really good matches are when both players are a fairly equal match up.2410R

Reply posted by Rizla, at 17:32 7 JulRizla

17:32 7 Julto Andy"I’m not a Djokovic fan at all, even though a very good tennis player without question. However he rarely gets tested in the slams until the semis or final itself. Suppose its just how the draws pan out but the fact these matches are so one sided makes them unenjoyable to watch in my opinion. The really good matches are when both players are a fairly equal match up."Rizla replied: Well, if the opposition is so weak, there is nothing Nole can do about it. Even in the semis/finals, he doesn’t really get tested. He is just so much better than the rest.313More replies (9)downT

Comment posted by Truth Seeker, at 22:58 7 JulTruth Seeker

22:58 7 JulThe hate Djokovic gets from people is actually insane. When all is said and done he will be the GOAT. Not only that but he’s always against the crowd too. Being the best means you’ll also be hated the most too. The disrespect shown towards him is a disgrace.142M

Reply posted by MarthaG, at 23:31 7 JulMarthaG

23:31 7 Julto Truth Seeker"The hate Djokovic gets from people is actually insane. When all is said and done he will be the GOAT. Not only that but he’s always against the crowd too. Being the best means you’ll also be hated the most too. The disrespect shown towards him is a disgrace."MarthaG replied: He should work on improving his vile temper.48More replies (2)downA

Comment posted by AFCDale, at 18:02 7 JulAFCDale

18:02 7 JulI’m kind of hoping Hurkacz just gets on with this and finishes it now, it’s borderline irritating watching Federer play a couple of great points either side of just decent Hurkacz play + horrible unforced errors from his own racket.

Shows you how clueless the BBC team is though, even the most avid Federer fan wouldn’t have had him down as any sizeable favourite pre-match.90L

Reply posted by LivingDeadGrrrl, at 18:26 7 JulLivingDeadGrrrl

18:26 7 Julto AFCDale"I’m kind of hoping Hurkacz just gets on with this and finishes it now, it’s borderline irritating watching Federer play a couple of great points either side of just decent Hurkacz play + horrible unforced errors from his own racket.Shows you how clueless the BBC team is though, even the most avid Federer fan wouldn’t have had him down as any sizeable favourite pre-match."LivingDeadGrrrl replied: I was amazed he got this far given how poor he has looked this tournament. He looks slow, clumsy on his feet and less mobile than Karlovic.70More replies (4)down0

Comment posted by 035, at 22:14 7 Jul035

22:14 7 JulSay what you like about Djokovic, but he deserves to be at the top of the men’s game. People say he’s boring, but were fine with Federer winning everything?

Would be nice to see him join Nadal and Federer with 20 slams.102P

Comment posted by Pencenotp, at 17:54 7 JulPencenotp

17:54 7 JulAlthough I am a Rafa fan, I don’t understand why people dislike Novak. He is an excellent player, the vast majority of the time behaves impeccably on court (unlike Kyrgios who behaves like a spoilt toddler and apparently the “British public” love him?!) Is a devoted family man and does a lot for charity. What’s not to like?124O

Reply posted by OriginalTEQUILASURFER, at 17:58 7 JulOriginalTEQUILASURFER

17:58 7 Julto Pencenotp"Although I am a Rafa fan, I don’t understand why people dislike Novak. He is an excellent player, the vast majority of the time behaves impeccably on court (unlike Kyrgios who behaves like a spoilt toddler and apparently the “British public” love him?!) Is a devoted family man and does a lot for charity. What’s not to like?"OriginalTEQUILASURFER replied: Exactly
He is one of the most humble sportspersons who does a fantastic amount of work for so many charities

The moronic posts say more about them than ND105More replies (6)downD

Comment posted by davey bones, at 19:13 7 Juldavey bones

19:13 7 JulThere is absolutely no doubt Djokovic is the GOAT, Federer had a free ride for five years when there was nobody to touch him. Nadal is mainly a clay court master but still top notch on hard and grass courts. Djokovic has done his winning while both Federer and Nadal were at the top of their game. Djokovic has nobody to worry about now and will win almost all the slams for the foreseeable future.126J

Reply posted by Jacks Sock, at 23:00 7 JulJacks Sock

23:00 7 Julto davey bones"There is absolutely no doubt Djokovic is the GOAT, Federer had a free ride for five years when there was nobody to touch him. Nadal is mainly a clay court master but still top notch on hard and grass courts. Djokovic has done his winning while both Federer and Nadal were at the top of their game. Djokovic has nobody to worry about now and will win almost all the slams for the foreseeable future."Jacks Sock replied: That’s a dire thought.03More replies (1)downW

Comment posted by WellKeen, at 18:33 7 JulWellKeen

18:33 7 JulOld mountain goat took a fall. Time for the exhibition circuit?82T

Comment posted by The Venerable Beeb, at 18:14 7 JulThe Venerable Beeb

18:14 7 JulOld GOAT just been curried on Centre Court105K

Reply posted by Kate G F, at 18:59 7 JulKate G F

18:59 7 Julto The Venerable Beeb"Old GOAT just been curried on Centre Court"Kate G F replied: Premature GOAT was more like it.
No, the true GOAT is here, the premature one did his preening and achieved a final set bagel25More replies (4)downE

Comment posted by Eddie Izzards Beret, at 19:13 7 JulEddie Izzards Beret

19:13 7 JulDisappointed to see the usual opprobrium surface for John Inverdale from tennis fans.

I’ve always enjoyed his conversational style, which helps make the programme, and the sport covered, more accessible to new viewers and casual fans.51More commentsBack to topunknown
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