Top-seeded Novak Djokovic advanced to the Wimbledon men’s final after defeating No. 10 seed Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-5 in the semifinals on Friday.
The 34-year-old Serbian, who won the event in 2018 and 2019, has now won 20 consecutive matches at the All England Club dating back to 2018. He is vying for his 20th major singles championship, which would tie him for the most by a player in tennis history with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
“At this stage of my career, Grand Slams are everything, really. They are the four events that count the most in our sport,” Djokovic said. “I’ve been very privileged to make history of a sport that I truly love. It fills my heart every time that I hear there is something on the line that is historic.
“Obviously it inspires me, it motivates me. But at the same time, I have to balance it with trying to be present and in the moment and win only the next match.”
Djokovic, a five-time winner at Wimbledon, will face seventh-seeded Matteo Berrettini of Italy in Sunday’s men’s final.
Berrettini, who will play in his first major final, used an 11-game run to build a large lead, then held on late to defeat No. 14 seed Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-4 in the first semifinal match Friday.
In the triumph over Hurkacz, the 25-year-old Italian recorded 22 aces and 60 wins to only 18 unforced errors. Berrettini has now won 11 straight matches on grass courts, including a title at the Queen’s Club last month.
“Obviously, the task is not yet finished. Now that I’m here, I’d like to get the trophy “Berrettini had previously lost in his lone Grand Slam semifinal encounter, at the 2019 U.S. Open. “But it’s a really unbelievable feeling.”
In the other Wimbledon championship match, top-seeded Ash Barty will face eighth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in the women’s final on Saturday. On Thursday, Barty defeated Angelique Kerber, while Pliskova defeated No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka in three sets.