Follow all the action from the men’s singles semi-finals at Wimbledon.
The opening match on Centre Court will see Queen’s Club champion Matteo Berrettini face Hubert Hurkacz. Riding a wave of momentum coming into the tournament, Berrettini has been in impressive form throughout and produced a serving masterclass to see off Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarter-finals. Hurkacz, though, has just pulled off perhaps the biggest victory of his career, nervelessly thrashing Roger Federer in straight sets, to reach the semi-final of a grand slam for the first time in his career.
Then it will be the turn of defending champion Novak Djokovic, who is now within touching distance of equalling Federer and Rafael Nadal’s men’s grand slam record. The Serbian has only dropped one set all tournament and will still feel fresh after a somewhat kind draw. That is not the case for Denis Shapovalov, who came through an epic five-set quarter-final against Karen Khachanov. The 22-year-old Canadian, who conquered Andy Murray emphatically in the third round, should provide a far tougher test for Djokovic, who remains the clear favourite to win his sixth Wimbledon. Follow all the action live below:
WIMBLEDON 2021: DJOKOVIC 5-5 SHAPOVALOV
Shapovalov comes under slight pressure on serve after Djokovic claws him back to 40-30, but he steadies his nerves and forces an error to hold serve. Djokovic has to serve to stay in the set and does so to love.
WIMBLEDON 2021: DJOKOVIC 4-4 SHAPOVALOV
Djokovic has adapted to Shapovalov’s power and is finding great success coming into the net. A terrific rally is ended with a wonderful volley and the Serbian holds to love and breathes a sigh of relief after the titanic effort on his last service game.
WIMBLEDON 2021: DJOKOVIC 3-4 SHAPOVALOV
Again, Shapovalov simply cannot seize the break point chances when they come. Djokovic is at 15-40 on serve after Shapovalov won another exhilarating rally. But right on cue, the Canadian’s sloppy errors creep back in and the opportunity sails by. He holds his own serve to love quickly afterwards, but he must be bitterly frustrated.
WIMBLEDON 2021: DJOKOVIC 2-2 SHAPOVALOV
Shapovalov brings up three break points on Djokovic’s serve but again his composure deserts him at the crucial moment, misfiring with a routine forehand that should have sealed the game. Instead, Djokovic recovers to deuce and serves out the hold.
WIMBLEDON 2021: DJOKOVIC 1-1 SHAPOVALOV
Shapovalov stops mid-point to challenge Djokovic’s forehand at 40-30 on the Serbian’s serve. Hawk-Eye shows it clipped the baseline quite considerably but the Canadian complains disbelievingly to the umpire. It’s game Djokovic nevertheless.
WIMBLEDON 2021: DJOKOVIC 0-1 SHAPOVALOV
Shapovalov produces an impressive hold to love as if to remind Djokovic that this match is far from over. If the defending champion wasn’t already aware, a peach of a smash by Shapovalov makes sure of it.
WIMBLEDON 2021: DJOKOVIC WINS FIRST SET
Shapovalov double faults to hand Djokovic the first set. The Canadian’s level dropped severely after such a blistering start and really he proved his own undoing.
WIMBLEDON 2021: DJOKOVIC 6 (4) – 6 (2) SHAPOVALOV
Shapovalov takes the opening point on Djokovic’s serve but promptly hands two back with unforced errors. The nerves are beginning to tell for the Canadian now. Another sloppy forehand and he finds himself 4-2 down at the switch of ends.
WIMBLEDON 2021: DJOKOVIC 6-6 SHAPOVALOV
Shapovalov holds emphatically to love. We’re heading to a tiebreak.
WIMBLEDON 2021: DJOKOVIC 6-5 SHAPOVALOV
Djokovic holds serve emphatically and now it’s the Canadian’s turn to show his mettle. Having been seemingly on course to take the first set, he now needs to hold to stay in it.