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Dan Hunter 08 Jul 2021
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Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov Live Stream & Tips


Defending champion and world no.1 Novak Djokovic takes on 10th seeded Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the semifinals at Wimbledon on Friday, July 9. While Djokovic is gunning for his third straight Wimbledon title and 20th slam overall, Shapovalov is competing in his first ever semifinal at a major.
On Wednesday, Djokovic easily dispatched Hungarian Marton Fucsovics in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Fucsovics is rated one of the fittest guys on the tour and has a playing style which is very similar to that of Djokovic – just not as good. Shapovalov outlasted Karen Khachanov in an epic five set battle in which he had to come from 2 sets to 1 down, eventually triumphing 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.

34-year-old Djokovic is a member of the fabled “Big Three”, arguably the three greatest player of all time, featuring himself, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who between them have won 59 slams. Top seed Djokovic is one of the heaviest ever favorites to win what would be his sixth Wimbledon title at 1/4. Of the four remaining players in the competition, Shapovalov is fourth favorite with odds of 12/1 to win the trophy.

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Interestingly, while Wednesday’s matches didn’t teach us anything new about Djokovic, we saw Shapovalov playing in a measured, controlled manner of which he had rarely displayed previously. Even under pressure in the fifth set, Shapovalov’s focus and consistency was rock-solid. His energy levels never dipped, his big serve remained on point, as did his powerful groundstrokes and overhead smash.

Based off his showing against Khachanov I’m backing Denis Shapovalov to defeat Novak Djokovic on Friday in four sets. At the French Open we saw Djokovic go two sets down against both Lorenzo Musetti and Stefanos Tsitsipas, revealing a vulnerability to aggressive, high-energy players of which Shapovalov may be the most talented of all. 

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Head to Head


Novak Djokovic and Denis Shapovalov have played each other six times on the ATP tour, with Djokovic winning all six matches. The first time they played each other was at the Australian Open in 2019 with Djokovic winning in four sets. They played three more times that year, at the Masters 1000 Series events in Rome, Shanghai and Paris (final), with Djokovic winning all three in straight sets.

Djokovic and  Shapovalov played each other at the 2020 ATP Cup team event in Australia which Djokovic won 4-6, 6-1, 7-6. Earlier this year at the same event came their most recent meeting, which Djokovic won 7-5, 7-5. Based off those final two matches, it’s clear Shapovalov is closing the gap on his first win over Djokovic.
 

Novak Djokovic Form


Djokovic has been superb form at Wimbledon, dropping just one set in his very first match against 18-year-old British prospect Jack Draper. Draper won the first set 6-4, but Djokovic allowed him just five more games, cruising through the next three sets 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. Djokovic has played just one seeded player so far; in the last 16 he took on Chilean Cristian Garin, seeded 17th, but any hopes that Garin might have presented the defending champion with a stiff test were soon dispelled as he was swept aside 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.

Of course, while winning matches with ease conserves energy, it can also result in loss of sharpness, and Djokovic may find it tough adjusting to the sudden upgrade in power, speed and skill delivered by Shapovalov. While Djokovic has a 6-0 head-to-head lead over his opponent, this will be their first ever meeting on grass.

Denis Shapovalov Form


Prior to his run to the semifinals at Queen’s Club three weeks ago, Shapovalov had won only two grass court matches since 2018. Ironically, in his first year as a professional in 2017, a 17-year old Shapovalov had reached the last-16 at Queens, coming through two rounds of qualifying and then defeating Britain’s Kyle Edmund in his first match before going down to Tomas Berdych 7-6, 6-7, 7-5.

Those early results reveal that Shapovalov had a natural affinity for grass, and his recent claims that grass is his “favorite surface” don’t seem so far-fetched, especially in the wake of his surprise run to the Wimbledon semis. Of the four matches he has played, two stand out in particular; his third round win over Andy Murray in front of a partisan Wimbledon Centre Court crowd revealed that Shapovalov is cool and clinical under the most intense pressure.

Then in his quarterfinal against Karen Khachanov on Wednesday he was forced to come from behind to win an epic five setter, and the 22-year-old displayed great maturity, patience and the capacity to play “percentage tennis” when needed.

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Verdict

It would be the easiest thing in the world to back Novak Djokovic to defeat Denis Shapovalov in the Wimbledon semifinals on Friday. Djokovic is the world number one, a five time winner at Wimbledon, the two-time defending champion and holds a 6-0 head-to-head record over his opponent.

However, at 34, Djokovic isn’t showing us anything new, while 22-year old Shapovalov is has shown massive improvement these past two weeks. We already knew the Canadian possessed bludgeoning power, but at this Wimbledon he has also displayed a patience and maturity we had never previously seen.
 
I believe this new, improved version of Shapovalov has what it takes to defeat Djokovic, and I’m backing him to do just that on Friday, with Shapovalov winning this match in four sets and progressing to the Wimbledon final.
Best Bet: Shapovalov Winner @700.00 at Topsport - 1 Unit
Best Bet: 4 Sets Total Sets @225.00 at Neds - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Shapovalov 3-1 Set Betting @1600.0 at Bookmaker - 1 Unit

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