Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic underlined it wasn't easy at all after beating Denis Shapovalov in the Wimbledon semifinal. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, handed a 7-6 (3) 7-5 7-5 loss to Shapovalov to reach his seventh Wimbledon final.
“I don’t think that the scoreline says enough about the performance and about the match. He was serving for the first set and he was probably the better player for most of the second set,” Djokovic said in his on-court interview.
“He had many chances and I would like to give him a big round of applause for everything that he has done today and these two weeks”. Djokovic's jpb is still not done as he wants to win it all. “There is no holding back once you step out on the court, particularly in the later stages of an event that I always dreamt of winning.
The dream keeps going,” Djokovic said. “I am trying to take out the maximum of my own abilities every single match and see what happens. Giving up is never an option”.
Djokovic plays Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon final
In the other Wimbledon semifinal, Berrettini beat Hubert Hurkacz 6-3 6-0 6-7 (3) 6-4.
"I have no words, really, just thanks. I need a couple of hours to understand what happened," Berrettini said on court. "I played a great match. I enjoyed the crowd, my family and whole team are there. I think I never dreamed about this, because it was too much for a dream."
Berrettini acknowledged that he would be ready for whoever won the second semifinal. "[My] first Slam final, I'm just so, so happy for everything. My year started in a good way, with the finals in ATP Cup. Then I got injured again.
I kind of saw those ghosts again of my body kind of struggling," Berrettini reflected in his post-match press conference. "Again, I came back stronger. I think I fully deserve to be here. I want to enjoy like I did today.
I want to enjoy my first final. Whoever's going to win today, I just appreciate what's happening. So I'm very happy." Berrettini felt confident in his chances against Hurkacz. "[My emotions] are all over the place.
At the same time, I think I handled the situation pretty well," Berrettini said. "[When] I stepped in the court, I was feeling confident. I knew that I could win the match. I think I played my best match so far. So I'm really happy for my performance.
"Especially after the third set... I felt I could win that set, also win the match, but [that] didn't happen. I said to myself, 'You're playing better than him, so keep going like this and you're going to win.' "