December 8, 2022

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Wimbledon | Shapovalov, who faced Djokovic, wanted to thwart expectations

Wimbledon |  Shapovalov, who faced Djokovic, wanted to thwart expectations

Denis Shapovalov of Canada reaches world number one in the semi-finals of the Wimbledon tournament.

The 22-year-old has an appointment with first seed Novak Djokovic at the Old England club on Friday to advance to the Grand Slam finals.

The 34-year-old Djokovic has won 19 major titles – one held jointly by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – and five titles at Wimbledon, the last two at the All England Club. Meanwhile, Shapovalov is competing in the Grand Slam semi-finals for the first time in his career.

Djokovic has already won the Australian Open and French Open this year and has a 6-0 advantage in clashes with the Canadian, 10.E First in the series.

Djokovic’s last victory over Shapovalov came in January at the ATP Cup in Melbourne, Australia. They met once at the Grand Slam, losing in the third round of the 2019 Australian Open to Shapovalov. That same year, they competed in the prestigious Paris Masters, Djokovic Victory Final.

Shapovalov became the first Canadian to win the men’s Grand Slam singles title. Milos Rounik reached the final at Wimbledon in 2016 before losing to Andy Murray.

Bianca Andres became Canada’s first Grand Slam singles champion when she defeated Serena Williams in the 2019 US Open final.

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