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Shapovalov, Matteo Berrettini

Djokovic Flawless closing in on history News Today First with the

2021 Wimbledon odds, men's semifinals predictions: Tennis expert … Fri, 09 Jul 2021 11:00:00 -0700-Five-time winner and defending champion Djokovic will contest his 10th Wimbledon and 41st Grand Slam semi-final on Friday against 22-year-old Canadian …

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Flawless Djokovic closing in on history

July 09, 2021

imageLondon: So clinical has Novak Djokovic’s form been during the Wimbledon fortnight that it is tempting to suggest the All England Club engravers are already etching his name on the trophy for a sixth time.

The 34-year-old Serb has looked utterly dominant and the scary thing for the other three players to make it to the semi-finals is that he probably has not required top gear yet.

Five-time winner and defending champion Djokovic will contest his 10th Wimbledon and 41st Grand Slam semi-final on Friday against 22-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov who has reached this stage for the first time in his career.

Add in the fact that Djokovic’s gaze is locked on winning his 20th Grand Slam title to match record holders Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal and his career record against Shapovalov reads 6-0, and a place in the final looks a formality.

Friday’s first semi-final sees Matteo Berrettini take on Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz — the man who sent Federer packing, possibly for the last time, in the quarter-finals.

Whoever wins will be making history with Berrettini bidding to become the first Italian to make a Wimbledon final and Hurkacz the first Polish man to reach the final of any Slam.

While Djokovic is part of the furniture in the business end of Grand Slams, the semi-final line-up for Wimbledon’s return after last year’s cancellation feels as fresh as the damp weather that has left Centre Court lush.

Djokovic’s biggest problem early in the tournament was staying upright, but since those early tumbles he has looked flawless, winning 15 consecutive sets since losing the opening set of his title defence against British wildcard Jack Draper.

That said, his draw has been kind and the only seed he has faced was number 17 Cristian Garin in the fourth round.

Left-hander Shapovalov, seeded 10, represents a big step up in terms of threat, although the Canadian must replicate the dazzling form he showed in beating twice champion Andy Murray, Roberto Bautista Agut and Karen Khachanov en route to the semi-final if he is to stand any chance of an upset.

One thing is probably certain. Shapovalov will not just sit back and wait to be ground down by the relentless Djokovic.

If he goes down, he will go down swinging.

It’s a tennis match. Anything can happen, Shapovalov said. I’m going to fight for every point and believe in myself.

‘I do believe that I have the game to beat him and the game to win that match.’

imageLondon: So clinical has Novak Djokovic’s form been during the Wimbledon fortnight that it is tempting to suggest the All England Club engravers are already etching his name on the trophy for a sixth time.

The 34-year-old Serb has looked utterly dominant and the scary thing for the other three players to make it to the semi-finals is that he probably has not required top gear yet.

Five-time winner and defending champion Djokovic will contest his 10th Wimbledon and 41st Grand Slam semi-final on Friday against 22-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov who has reached this stage for the first time in his career.

Add in the fact that Djokovic’s gaze is locked on winning his 20th Grand Slam title to match record holders Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal and his career record against Shapovalov reads 6-0, and a place in the final looks a formality.

Friday’s first semi-final sees Matteo Berrettini take on Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz — the man who sent Federer packing, possibly for the last time, in the quarter-finals.

Whoever wins will be making history with Berrettini bidding to become the first Italian to make a Wimbledon final and Hurkacz the first Polish man to reach the final of any Slam.

While Djokovic is part of the furniture in the business end of Grand Slams, the semi-final line-up for Wimbledon’s return after last year’s cancellation feels as fresh as the damp weather that has left Centre Court lush.

Djokovic’s biggest problem early in the tournament was staying upright, but since those early tumbles he has looked flawless, winning 15 consecutive sets since losing the opening set of his title defence against British wildcard Jack Draper.

That said, his draw has been kind and the only seed he has faced was number 17 Cristian Garin in the fourth round.

Left-hander Shapovalov, seeded 10, represents a big step up in terms of threat, although the Canadian must replicate the dazzling form he showed in beating twice champion Andy Murray, Roberto Bautista Agut and Karen Khachanov en route to the semi-final if he is to stand any chance of an upset.

One thing is probably certain. Shapovalov will not just sit back and wait to be ground down by the relentless Djokovic.

If he goes down, he will go down swinging.

It’s a tennis match. Anything can happen, Shapovalov said. I’m going to fight for every point and believe in myself.

‘I do believe that I have the game to beat him and the game to win that match.’


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Flawless Djokovic closing in on history – News Today | First with the … Fri, 09 Jul 2021 11:00:00 -0700-Elite tennis handicapper Sean Calvert has locked in his 2021 Wimbledon picks for Shapovalov vs. Djokovic.

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2021 Wimbledon odds, men’s semifinals predictions: Tennis expert reveals Djokovic vs. Shapovalov picks

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Jul 9, 2021 at 8:40 am ET2 min read
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Novak Djokovic can inch closer to a 19th grand slam title when he squares off against Canadian Denis Shapovalov on Friday at approximately 10:30 a.m. ET in a 2021 Wimbledon semifinal at The All England Lawn Tennis Club. The 34-year-old Djokovic owns 18 career grand slam titles, including five at Wimbledon. He is only two grand slam titles behind all-time leaders Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. On Friday he will meet Shapovalov, who will be playing in his first grand slam semifinal. The winner of Friday's match will advance to the final to face either Matteo Berrettini or Hubert Hurkacz. 

William Hill Sportsbook lists Djokovic as a -1400 favorite (risk $1,400 to win $100) in the latest Djokovic vs. Shapovalov odds, with Shapovalov listed at +700 as the underdog. You can also pick whether Djokovic will cover the 6.5-game spread and how many games the match will last (over-under of 33.5), among other wagering options in the 2021 Wimbledon odds. Before making any Shapovalov vs. Djokovic picks, you need to see the Wimbledon 2021 predictions from SportsLine tennis handicapper Sean Calvert.

Calvert is the renowned handicapper who called Stan Wawrinka winning the 2014 Australian Open at 60-1, the last Australian title won by someone other than Djokovic or Roger Federer. In 2019, Calvert took down a huge score on Dominic Thiem winning Indian Wells at 80-1. Anyone following his picks is way up.

Now, Calvert has scrutinized the latest Wimbledon 2021 odds and released his coveted best bets for Djokovic vs. Shapovalov. He's sharing his expert Wimbledon 2021 picks and analysis only at SportsLine.

Djokovic vs. Shapovalov preview

Djokovic has been nearly unbeatable with his serve at Wimbledon. In his five matches he has won 224 out of a possible 259 first serve points. His 86.5 percent conversion rate leads all men's players in the field of 128. He also has won 56.8 percent of his second serves, which ranks 18th in the field.

Djokovic also has been deadly with his return game. Through the quarterfinals, he has a return points win percentage of 44, best in the field. His return has helped him break his opponents 23 times, which ranks fourth even though he has played just 16 sets. 

How to make Djokovic vs. Shapovalov picks

Who will win the Djokovic vs. Shapovalow Wimbledon 2021 semifinal match? Calvert has two wagers, both that would pay more than 7-1. Be sure to check out Calvert's picks and analysis before making your Wimbledon 2021 bets for the men's semifinals.

Who wins Djokovic vs. Shapovalov in the 2021 Wimbledon men's semifinal? And what wagers does Calvert like? Visit SportsLine now to see Sean Calvert's best bets for Shapovalov vs. Djokovic, all from the famed tennis handicapper who called Wawrinka winning the 2014 Australian Open at 60-1, and find out.

Jul 9, 2021 at 8:40 am ET2 min read
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USATSI

Novak Djokovic can inch closer to a 19th grand slam title when he squares off against Canadian Denis Shapovalov on Friday at approximately 10:30 a.m. ET in a 2021 Wimbledon semifinal at The All England Lawn Tennis Club. The 34-year-old Djokovic owns 18 career grand slam titles, including five at Wimbledon. He is only two grand slam titles behind all-time leaders Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. On Friday he will meet Shapovalov, who will be playing in his first grand slam semifinal. The winner of Friday's match will advance to the final to face either Matteo Berrettini or Hubert Hurkacz. 

William Hill Sportsbook lists Djokovic as a -1400 favorite (risk $1,400 to win $100) in the latest Djokovic vs. Shapovalov odds, with Shapovalov listed at +700 as the underdog. You can also pick whether Djokovic will cover the 6.5-game spread and how many games the match will last (over-under of 33.5), among other wagering options in the 2021 Wimbledon odds. Before making any Shapovalov vs. Djokovic picks, you need to see the Wimbledon 2021 predictions from SportsLine tennis handicapper Sean Calvert.

Calvert is the renowned handicapper who called Stan Wawrinka winning the 2014 Australian Open at 60-1, the last Australian title won by someone other than Djokovic or Roger Federer. In 2019, Calvert took down a huge score on Dominic Thiem winning Indian Wells at 80-1. Anyone following his picks is way up.

Now, Calvert has scrutinized the latest Wimbledon 2021 odds and released his coveted best bets for Djokovic vs. Shapovalov. He's sharing his expert Wimbledon 2021 picks and analysis only at SportsLine.

Djokovic vs. Shapovalov preview

Djokovic has been nearly unbeatable with his serve at Wimbledon. In his five matches he has won 224 out of a possible 259 first serve points. His 86.5 percent conversion rate leads all men's players in the field of 128. He also has won 56.8 percent of his second serves, which ranks 18th in the field.

Djokovic also has been deadly with his return game. Through the quarterfinals, he has a return points win percentage of 44, best in the field. His return has helped him break his opponents 23 times, which ranks fourth even though he has played just 16 sets. 

How to make Djokovic vs. Shapovalov picks

Who will win the Djokovic vs. Shapovalow Wimbledon 2021 semifinal match? Calvert has two wagers, both that would pay more than 7-1. Be sure to check out Calvert's picks and analysis before making your Wimbledon 2021 bets for the men's semifinals.

Who wins Djokovic vs. Shapovalov in the 2021 Wimbledon men's semifinal? And what wagers does Calvert like? Visit SportsLine now to see Sean Calvert's best bets for Shapovalov vs. Djokovic, all from the famed tennis handicapper who called Wawrinka winning the 2014 Australian Open at 60-1, and find out.

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