Djokovic sets sights on historic win

Novak Djokovic set his sights on a 30th Grand Slam championship match.

Djokovic can reach a seventh Wimbledon final, driven on by the desire to capture a sixth title at the All England Club and record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title.

Djokovic has taken the first set in a tie-breaker 7-6.

The world number one is the overwhelming favourite to defeat semi-final opponent Denis Shapovalov, the Canadian player he has already beaten six times out of six.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic returns against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov during their men’s singles semi-final match.Source:AFP

Djokovic is playing in his 10th semi-final at Wimbledon and 41st at the majors while his progress at the event has comfortably taken his career earnings past the $150 million mark.

Apart from dropping the first set of his opener against British wildcard Jack Draper, Djokovic has been untroubled.

“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,” said 34-year-old Djokovic who can reach his 30th Slam final.

Djokovic has only dropped serve four times at this year’s Wimbledon and faced just 15 break points.

In a further indication of his growing dominance in the Slams race, since the beginning of 2015, he has won 15 of the 16 major semi-finals he has contested.

Victory will take him a step closer not only to a sixth Wimbledon title but also to becoming just the third man in history to complete a calendar Grand Slam.

It’s a feat so rare that it hasn’t been achieved since Rod Laver swept all four majors in the same year for a second time in 1969.

Canada’s Denis Shapovalov returns against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic.Source:AFP

Shapovalov, the stylish left-hander, has reached his first Slam semi-final by seeing off two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and eighth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut, a 2019 semi-finalist.

Italian Matteo Berrettini’s historic win

Matteo Berrettini became the first Italian to reach a Wimbledon singles final with a four-sets victory against Hubert Hurkacz.

Berrettini claimed a 6-3, 6-0, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4 win over his Polish opponent who had knocked out eight-time champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals.

Matteo Berrettini of Italy celebrates victory after winning his Men’s Singles Semi-Final match against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland.Source:Getty Images

He will now attempt to become Italy’s first men’s Grand Slam champion since Adriano Panatta at the 1976 French Open.

“I think I never dreamed about this because it was too much for a dream,” said Berrettini.

“I am trying to be the best at everything but after the third set I was feeling I deserved to win it but lost it.

“I said ‘it doesn’t matter’, I was feeling the stronger player and that’s what I said to myself and eventually it paid off.”

Italy’s Matteo Berrettini celebrates winning a point against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.Source:AFP

Should he win on Sunday, Berrettini may be able to celebrate a national double with Italy facing England in the Euro 2020 final in London later that day.

“So far it is the best tennis day of my life but hopefully Sunday will be even better. I feel kind of chills but I am doing it, so I have to believe it.”

Berrettini, having wasted three break points earlier in the first set, eventually broke through in the seventh game, backing it up in the ninth, converting set point courtesy of an ugly forehand shank from the Pole.

Hubert Hurkacz of Poland shows his appreciation to the crowd as he walks off the court after losing his Men’s Singles Semi-Final match.Source:Getty Images

Matteo Berrettini of Italy waves to the crowd as he walks off the court after winning his Men’s Singles Semi-Final match.Source:Getty Images

The 25-year-old then raced through the second set in just 23 minutes, a Hurkacz double fault and a wrong-footing forehand allowing Berrettini to seal a 10th successive game.

That became 11 games in a row at the start of the third set before 18th-ranked Hurkacz, bidding to be the first Polish man to make a Slam final, stopped the rot.

Hurkacz held on and swept the third set tie-breaker but his momentum was quickly halted as the Italian broke for 1-0 in the fourth.

Hubert Hurkacz of Poland runs to play a backhand in his Men’s Singles Semi-Final match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy.Source:Getty Images

Berrettini was unable to convert a match point in the ninth game but made no mistake on his own service.

The Italian fired 22 aces, taking his tournament total past the 100-mark, and 60 winners.

He only faced two break points, both of which he saved.

Beckham, Middletons lead celebs in attendance

David Beckham and Kate Middleton’s family have lead the celebs at Wimbledon’s for the tennis.

David Beckham, former football player looks on from the Royal Box during the Men’s Singles Semi-Final match.Source:Getty Images

The Duchess of Cambridge’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton also turned up for the occasion, looking all dressed up.

Businesswoman Carole, 66, opted for a chic red sundress, while her husband Michael, 72, looked sharp in a navy suit and polka dot tie.

Pippa Middleton and husband, James Matthews, applaud during the men’s singles semi-final match.Source:AFP

While Kate Middleton was unable to attend due to coronavirus self-isolation, her younger sister Pippa, 37, sat close by her parents.

They sat close by to Royals Lady Frederick Windsor and Prince Michael of Kent – who sat in the royal box and chatted ahead of the matches.

Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna’s model daughter, Delilah Belle Hamlin and her Love Island boyfriend, Eyal Booker also made an appearance.

Denise Lewis, former professional heptathlete and Pat Cash, former professional tennis player look on from the Royal Box.Source:Getty Images

Other celebs in attendance included former track and field athlete Denise Lewis and Wimbledon champ, Pat Cash.

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