Top-seed Novak Djokovic edges Canada's Denis Shapovalov in Wimbledon semifinal

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LONDON — Denis Shapovalov's (DEN'-ihs SHAP'-oh-VAHL'-ahf) run at Wimbledon has ended, with the Canadian losing in straight sets to top-seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) in the semifinals.

Djokovic edged the 22-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-5 at the All England Club today to secure his seventh final at the grass-court Grand Slam.

Shapovalov, the tournament's 10th seed, pressured Djokovic but won just 1-of-11 breakpoints and committed 36 unforced errors.

Djokovic saved all five break points he faced in the second set before Shapovalov double-faulted again to hand him a 6-5 lead.

Djokovic broke again for 6-5 in the third set and served out the match at love.

The 34-year-old Serbian has won 19 major titles — just one shy of the record held jointly by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal — and has captured five Wimbledon titles alone, including the last two at the All England Club. Meanwhile, Shapovalov was in a Slam semi for the first time in his career.

Djokovic has already won this year's Australian Open and French Open, and has now won all seven meetings with Shapovalov.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 9, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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