Wimbledon day 12: Novak Djokovic faces the next step on the road to 20

Djokovic takes on Denis Shapovalov in the last four of the men’s singles.

Pa Sport Staff
Friday 09 July 2021 04:30
Novak Djokovic is closing in on a record-equalling 20th grand slam title
Novak Djokovic is closing in on a record-equalling 20th grand slam title

It is men’s semi-final day at Wimbledon and there is one familiar face surrounded by three newcomers.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic must navigate a clash against the exciting Denis Shapovalov while Roger Federer’s conqueror Hubert Hurkacz takes on seventh seed Matteo Berrettini in the other last-four clash.

Here, the PA news agency looks ahead to the 12th day of the Championships.

Order of play

Centre Court

Matteo Berrettini v Hubert HurkaczNovak Djokovic v Denis Shapovalov

Match of the day

Djokovic has barely been tested on his way to a 10th SW19 semi-final but that should change against Denis Shapovalov. The Canadian is enjoying a breakthrough grand slam, having reached this stage for the first time. He is a junior champion, winning in 2016, and is now making his move in the men’s game. He is a flamboyant player, who is easy on the eye with a one-handed backhand and great variety. However, the man on the other side of the net just happens to be closing in on a record-equalling 20th grand slam title.

Hurkacz’s follow up

The nature of sport means that very often a massive high is followed up with a flat performance and that will be the test for Hurkacz against Berrettini. Hurkacz became only the second Pole to make it to the Wimbledon semi-finals when he shocked Centre Court by knocking out Federer in three sets. It was a memorable afternoon for him given Federer is the reason he started playing tennis. But Berrettini will present just as big a challenge as the eight-time champion.

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