Novak Djokovic is now just two matches away from a equalling Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer’s haul of twenty grand slams. If he can beat Denis Shapovalov and one of Hubert Hurkacz or Matteo Berrettini, he would also be three quarters of the way to a calendar slam he would be highly favoured to complete in New York. Meanwhile, Shapovalov is seeking to become the youngest finalist at Wimbledon since Rafael Nadal.
Marton Fucsovics put up a good effort but was never going to have enough to match Djokovic, who was in good enough form to beat the Hungarian in straight sets. The World No.1 did lose three games in a row in a blip at the end of the fifth set but was always in control, needing just a single break in the last two sets of the 6-3 6-4 6-4 win. “I think it was a solid performance. I started off extremely well, I didn’t do too many things wrong in my game in the first six games of the match.” he said.
Shapovalov was not as dominant in his quarter final win over Karen Khachanov but he was impressive in the way he held his nerve to eventually secure the 6-4 3-6 5-7 6-1 6-4 comeback win over the Russian. The Canadian is at his best when attacking but decision making on key points was something he wanted to improve. “It’s something I’ve been working on, because maybe sometimes I’m a little bit too wild and I don’t make the opponents earn it on the big points. I’ve been a little bit more conservative actually this tournament. But it wasn’t working out today, to be honest, against Karen.” he said after. “I knew in the fourth and fifth, I have to dictate myself and be aggressive. Otherwise he was going to win the match.”
The head to head will make pleasing reading for Djokovic, who has won all six of their matches so far. He remains the one to beat on all surfaces and only a lights out performance by Shapovalov will give the Canadian any chance. How he reacts to being pushed longer in rallies is going to dictate whether this one is competitive or other in straights. “Overall, I feel like I’ve been playing, hitting the ball well throughout the entire tournament, putting myself exactly where I want to be: semi-finals. Not spending too much energy. Now I really have to be consistent from the first to last point in next match, and hopefully another one on Sunday.” Djokovic said.
Prediction – Novak Djokovic in straight sets