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Djokovic sets up Berrettini Wimbledon final

Novak Djokovic defeated a valiant Denis Shapovalov to reach the Wimbledon final.

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The world number will have a chance to defend his Wimbledon title after beating the Canadian Denis Shapovalov.

 

Novak Djokovic is back in the Wimbledon final after beating the world number 12 Denis Shapovalov in straight sets 7-6, 7-5, 7-5 hitting 23 winners while the Canadian hit 34 unforced errors in the loss.

“I don’t think the scoreline says enough about the performance and the match, he was serving for the first set and he was the better player for most of the second set and he had many chances and I would like to give him a big round of applause for everything he has done in the past two weeks and this was his first-ever grand slam semi-final and you could see he was emotional and we will see a lot of him in the future”.

Both players did a good job holding serve in their opening service games and it was the Canadian who first started to apply pressure earning breakpoints at 1-1.

The world number one did a good job saving them but the Canadian would get a third opportunity and get the first break of serve in the match with a stunning powerful one-handed backhand winner.

The world number one had a chance to break back to go back on serve with the Toronto native serving for the first set at 5-4 and at the second time of asking he broke back to level the set.

The first set was decided by a tiebreaker and it was the Serb who got the early break for a 3-1 lead but a double fault gave the break back before the Canadian gave it right back the following point.

Djokovic would seal the first set as Shapovalov double-faulted once again on set point to take a one-set lead.

It stayed on serve in the second set until 2-1 when the Canadian had three chances to break but the world number one saved all three and managed to hold serve.

The number 10 seed got two more chances for the first break of the second set but the Belgrade native saved all three once again and held serve in a crucial service game.

At 5-5, it was the world number one applying pressure on the Shapovalov serve and he managed to earn a breakpoint and got the crucial break after a double fault by the Canadian and served out the second set.

The world number 12 got the first breakpoint of the third set at 1-0 but the defending champion saved both but the Canadian earned a third chance but was denied again by an ace from the world number one and he managed to hold serve.

The very next game Djokovic went on the attack and earned two chances to break with a great backhand passing shot but Shapovalov with his powerful serve saved both and would eventually save a third break point to hold serve.

It stayed on serve until 3-3 when the world number one earned two more break points but the Canadian dug deep and managed to save both and once again held serve.

Djokovic had another chance to break at 5-5 and on his second breakpoint, he got the crucial break with a chance to serve out the match and book a spot in the final and did just that.

After the match in his on-court interview, he was asked about being the ultimate competitor.

“Yes, you could say so and playing this tournament which I think is the most special tournament in the world for me and this court so there is no holding back and the dream keeps going and see what happens and giving up is never an option”.

Djokovic will face the Italian Matteo Berrettini in Sunday’s final and currently holds a 2-0 record against him.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.

 

The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag

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Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 

 

Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.

 

The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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