Seven at the Championships, like Arthur Gore and Pete Sampras, Thirty in the Slams, only one length behind Roger Federer: if needed, Novak Djokovic is still the best among the best. Without shining, the number one of the Wimbledon 2021 seeding trivially wins the vast majority of the important points.
Needless to say, he recovers a 3-5 disadvantage during the first fraction, avoids the jeu decisif in the second and cancels a total of ten of the eleven break points he makes available. The 7-6 (3) 7-5 7-5 that he matures on the threshold of two and a half hours of play is practically a logical consequence.
It goes without saying that in the final there will be Matteo Berrettini, recently beaten in the quarter-finals on the clay-courts of Bois de Boulogne and fresh from the victory-of-life against Hubert Hurkacz. Shapovalov tries.
If tennis were a simple matter of talent, Shapovalov would usually hang out in the top four in the Majors with some consistency. Unfortunately, or fortunately, he needs something else. The Canadian, who manages to make his head and arm work at the same time during the opening leg, does not give his performance consistency: the most obvious result is his elimination in straihht sets for 7-6 (3) 7-5 7 -5.
Matteo Berrettini's semifinal
After Adriano Panatta at Roland Garros in 1976, Matteo Berrettini at Wimbledon in 2021. After 45 years there will be an Italian again to occupy a set of a Grand Slam final. Not even the best of writers would have been able to frame events so well.
Berrettini, in the lot of favorites on the eve of the tournament, with the finish line in plain sight, does not let himself be intimidated even by Hubert Hurkacz, executioner of Daniil Medvedev and Roger Federer. Rather. After a very complicated sixth game (which grabs the advantages) the blue player spreads completely with a mega-partial of 11-0 and perfectly blocks the opponent's comeback attempt.
The 6-3 6-0 6-7 (3) 6-4 that matures on the threshold of three hours of play is practically a logical consequence. After Nicola Pietrangeli, the aforementioned Adriano Panatta, Giorgio de Stefani, Francesca Schiavone, Sara Errani, Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci, Berrettini joins the club of the Slam finalists.
It should also be said that no one had ever succeeded in the courts of Church Road. Obviously Novak Djokovic was present on the opposite side, chasing the sixth seal on the Londoner and above all the twentieth Slam title. Dreaming arrived at this remains permissible.