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Wimbledon: Djokovic makes the most of Shapovalov’s concessions and seek his 20th big against Berrettini

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Wimbledon: Djokovic makes the most of Shapovalov's concessions and seek his 20th big against Berrettini

The ‘number one’ knocks down the Canadian (7-6 [3], 7-5, 7-5) and is one victory away from his sixth title in London, with which he will equal the record of ‘majors’ of Federer and Nadal.

Djokovic celebrates his triumph against a crestfallen Shapovalov.AFP
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Camelenic and increasingly determined to apply the specific registers of the herb, Novak Djokovic stood in the seventh Wimbledon final by beating Denis Shapovalov by 7-6 (3), 7-5 and 7-5 in two hours and 44 minutes, coming within one victory of claiming his sixth title at the All England Club and matching the 20 majors of Roger Federer Y Rafael Nadal. The number 1 in the world will be measured this Sunday at Matteo berrettini, whom he has beaten in his two meetings, the most recent in the last quarters of Roland Garros.

Without the ease of previous games, Djokovic knew how to take advantage of the mismanagement of his options that Shapovalov made, accelerated and reckless when the horizon opened to him, and achieved his nineteenth consecutive victory at Wimbledon, where he has won the last two titles and has not lost since the quarters of 2017, when he had to retire due to injury before Tomas Berdych.

Shapovalov’s beginning was volcanic. He claimed his prize with an early break and made a Djokovic uncomfortable, who only had to wait for the storm to subside. Every Canadian was hitting it, a brave, cheerful player with ample resources. Sac in the tenth game to take an advantage in the game, but there you could see traces of adolescence. He gave life to the Balkan, who only had to limit himself to putting the ball into play. Neither in the tiebreaker did Shapovalov respond as the party demanded. The double fault with which he closed it was only the culmination of a series of mistakes.

With a tendency to excess

Lefty, with one-handed backhand, is a different tennis player, always determined to propose. Campen Jnior in 2016, he has found in Wimbledon, at the age of 22, the place to appear in his first semifinal of a great. He is one of those players who has more to spare than he lacks. Easily falls into excess.

Djokovic was not comfortable, who after losing the first set in his debut against the British Jack draper had passed through the tournament with a martial step. The Canadian was not sorry to see three balls of break frustrated in the fourth game of the second set and re-created two in the sixth, also suffocated by Nole. Too many spent bullets. It was Djokovic who returned to be finer and made profitable the concessions of his adversary, who again committed a double fault, in this case to give up his serve in the eleventh game and leave the door open for the Balkan towards a conclusive advantage.

Shapovalov held the racket up, sturdy to the edge in the last quarter. He lacked temperance in the climaxes and dragged a balance of just a ball of break converted out of 11 possible. He went away crying, aware that victory was not as far as the marker that he left behind him indicated. “We are going to see a lot of him in the future,” said Djokovic, after acknowledging that he had surpassed him in the first part of the match.