Wimbledon Men's Semi-Finals: Can Anyone Stop Novak Djokovic From Making History?

The Serbian great is on the verge of tying Federer and Nadal on 20 Grand Slam wins
20:02, 08 Jul 2021

The men’s Wimbledon semi-finalists were confirmed on Wednesday after some intense quarter-final clashes. All four of the athletes have done exceptionally well so far in this tournament and with one game between them and the final, they will all be desperate to make sure they walk on to Centre Court this Sunday. Here is a look at the four stars left competing for the Wimbledon title.

Novak Djokovic

As you would expect, the Serbian is in yet another Wimbledon semi-final as the defending champions looks to win back-to-back titles at the All England Club. The world number one was not at his best in the quarter-final but he still showed too much quality for opponent Marton Fucsovics, managing to win in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. It was the Hungarian’s first ever Grand Slam quarter-final and the Serb showed how the best can still deliver when they are not performing to their usual standards.

The number one seed is the bookies favourite for the trophy and he is two wins away from a record-equalling 20th men’s title, shared by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. He will be eyeing up a Golden Slam having already won both the Australian and French Open titles and victory in SW19 would take him a step closer to being the undisputed greatest player of all time.

 

Denis Shapovalov

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The Canadian has impressed so far this tournament and has fully warranted his place in the last four of Wimbledon – his first ever Grand Slam semi-final. His serves are hit with such pace and power and it has shown to have caused a lot of problems for his opponents and it won him a number of points against Karen Khachanov in the quarter-final, in fact he hit 17 aces against his Russian counterpart in a five-set thriller. 

The 22-year-old has shown great promise for his future career and he will face a tough test against Djokovic in the next round which will help further strengthen his game. After beating wildcard and two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, the Canadian caught the eye and his game has improved game by game in the Championships and he will feel that he is ready for the Serbian in the semi-final.

 

Hubert Hurkacz

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The Polish star defeated 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer in straight sets, inflicting the Swiss’ first ever set loss to love at the All England Club. The 14th seed put in a phenomenal performance against Federer, who looked off the pace and he was well beaten. 

He caught the eye after his Miami Open victory in March but that was then followed by a victory in Monte Carlo before a losing run of five in a row. The 24-year-old has shown his determination to bounce back and go on this amazing run at Wimbledon. He has played some excellent shots this tournament and some of them were so good that they stumped a great like Federer, so his confidence will be high heading into the semi-final and he will feel that if he can recreate that performance, he will surely be in Sunday’s final.

 

Matteo Berrettini

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The Italian seventh seed has equalled his best Grand Slam performance in reaching the semi-finals at SW19, having reached the last four at the US Open in 2019. Facing his good friend Felix Auger-Aliassime, the Queen’s champion was a convincing winner in the quarter-final by winning three sets to one – and the clash with Hurkacz should be a cracker. 

The Italian has also made history back home as he has become the first man from his homeland to make the last four at the Championships in the Open Era. He has had an impressive year and he has carried his form from Queen’s straight into Wimbledon and looks at the top of his game. Berrettini will be full of confidence heading into the last four but he will still need to perform at his best if he is to take to Centre Court on Sunday.

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