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Shapovalov Denis continues to impress as he reaches Wimbledon

Shapovalov Denis  continues to impress as he reaches Wimbledon
Denis Shapovalov, Khachanov, hubert hurkacz, Fucsovics, Karen Khachanov


Top seed Djokovic into SW19 semi-finals Wed, 07 Jul 2021 11:00:00 +0100-The Canadian won the boys' crown in 2016 and will face Novak Djokovic in the last four.

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Denis Shapovalov continues to impress as he reaches Wimbledon semi-finals

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Denis Shapovalov celebrates winning

Denis Shapovalov showed he is ready to challenge for the Wimbledon title by booking his first grand slam semi-final with a five-set win over Karen Khachanov.

The Canadian won the boys’ crown in 2016 and is giving himself the best chance of replicating that in the men’s draw with an epic 6-4 3-6 5-7 6-1 6-4 victory over the Russian.

His biggest test is now to come as he faces world number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic in the last four on Friday.

But the 22-year-old proved he belongs on the biggest stage, coming from two sets to one down with his trademark flamboyance, and is likely to be a contender at this tournament for years to come.

He is one of two men who made it through to the last eight that have won the junior title.

So it only seemed a matter of time until he made an impact in the men’s draw and had got to this point playing some eye-catching tennis, which he brought on to Court One.

He forced four break points at 3-3 in the opening set, which Khachanov was able to wriggle out of, but there was no escape in the next service game as he took the break with a crisp volley after a smart approach.

He quickly served out the first set in his next service game and that appeared the perfect platform for him.

But Khachanov had other ideas and, as Shapovalov’s forehand went missing in action, he quickly reeled off four successive games to put a tight grip on the second set.

Shapovalov’s level came some of the way back and he regained one break but Khachanov steely averted any further comeback attempt to level the match up.

The third set was a titanic battle with both men peppering winners from the baseline, but it was Khachanov who edged it, stealing a break at 5-5 and then serving it out.

Shapovalov was staring down the barrel but immediately came out firing and dominated the fourth set, reeling off five successive games to win it 6-1 and take the match to a decider.

Khachanov’s heart must have sunk at that point, following his gruelling five-set battle with Sebastian Korda on Monday and the last thing he needed was his opponent stepping it up a level.

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Denis Shapovalov edged an epic match (Steven Paston/PA)

He almost made a breakthrough at 2-2 but Khachanov recovered from 0-40 to hold but Shapovalov kept coming back and the match was won in the ninth game of the decider.

After squandering three more break points, he finally won his fourth when Khachanov drifted a forehand long, allowing him to serve it out.

“It was super tough, especially in the fifth, missing those break points and then having the craziest game of my life,” Shapovalov said in his on-court interview.

“I was in a similar position in the US Open in the quarter-final and I started that fifth set a little bit slow so I told myself I wanted to start quick and play every point as hard as I can in the fifth set. Luck was on my side.”

 

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Denis Shapovalov celebrates winning

Denis Shapovalov showed he is ready to challenge for the Wimbledon title by booking his first grand slam semi-final with a five-set win over Karen Khachanov.

The Canadian won the boys’ crown in 2016 and is giving himself the best chance of replicating that in the men’s draw with an epic 6-4 3-6 5-7 6-1 6-4 victory over the Russian.

His biggest test is now to come as he faces world number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic in the last four on Friday.

But the 22-year-old proved he belongs on the biggest stage, coming from two sets to one down with his trademark flamboyance, and is likely to be a contender at this tournament for years to come.

He is one of two men who made it through to the last eight that have won the junior title.

So it only seemed a matter of time until he made an impact in the men’s draw and had got to this point playing some eye-catching tennis, which he brought on to Court One.

He forced four break points at 3-3 in the opening set, which Khachanov was able to wriggle out of, but there was no escape in the next service game as he took the break with a crisp volley after a smart approach.

He quickly served out the first set in his next service game and that appeared the perfect platform for him.

But Khachanov had other ideas and, as Shapovalov’s forehand went missing in action, he quickly reeled off four successive games to put a tight grip on the second set.

Shapovalov’s level came some of the way back and he regained one break but Khachanov steely averted any further comeback attempt to level the match up.

The third set was a titanic battle with both men peppering winners from the baseline, but it was Khachanov who edged it, stealing a break at 5-5 and then serving it out.

Shapovalov was staring down the barrel but immediately came out firing and dominated the fourth set, reeling off five successive games to win it 6-1 and take the match to a decider.

Khachanov’s heart must have sunk at that point, following his gruelling five-set battle with Sebastian Korda on Monday and the last thing he needed was his opponent stepping it up a level.

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Denis Shapovalov edged an epic match (Steven Paston/PA)

He almost made a breakthrough at 2-2 but Khachanov recovered from 0-40 to hold but Shapovalov kept coming back and the match was won in the ninth game of the decider.

After squandering three more break points, he finally won his fourth when Khachanov drifted a forehand long, allowing him to serve it out.

“It was super tough, especially in the fifth, missing those break points and then having the craziest game of my life,” Shapovalov said in his on-court interview.

“I was in a similar position in the US Open in the quarter-final and I started that fifth set a little bit slow so I told myself I wanted to start quick and play every point as hard as I can in the fifth set. Luck was on my side.”


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Denis Shapovalov continues to impress as he reaches Wimbledon … Wed, 07 Jul 2021 11:00:00 +0100-Defending champion Novak Djokovic has too much quality for Hungary's Marton Fucsovics as he reaches the Wimbledon semi-finals.

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Top seed Djokovic into SW19 semi-finals

Djokovic is into his 10th Wimbledon men's semi-final, only Roger Federer (13) and Jimmy Connors (11) have reached more
Venue: All England Club Dates: 28 June-11 July
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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.

With Nadal not playing at SW19 this year, Federer could move one clear of the Spaniard – and two clear of Djokovic – if he triumphs for a record-extending ninth time on Sunday.

The Swiss sixth seed, who turns 40 next month, followed Djokovic on to Centre Court for his quarter-final against Poland's Hubert Hurkacz.

Djokovic content after 'solid' win

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 win which 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

Shapovalov impressively beat Britain's former world number one Andy Murray in the third round

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.”


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– July 7, 2021
Shapovalov Denis continues to impress as he reaches Wimbledon
Denis Shapovalov, Khachanov, hubert hurkacz, Fucsovics, Karen Khachanov

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