Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic beats Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov in straight sets

A mix of nerves and aggression helped Novak Djokovic down big Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov in straight sets. Defending champion Novak Djokovic advanced to his fifth Wimbledon final with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory…

Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic beats Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov in straight sets

A mix of nerves and aggression helped Novak Djokovic down big Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov in straight sets.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic advanced to his fifth Wimbledon final with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov on Monday.

The fifth-seeded Djokovic fired 25 winners to just 16 for Shapovalov, who played the most dangerous game in the tournament by far. After losing the first set, the 19-year-old then had 11 breaks of serve to Djokovic’s four.

“This was an important match, important win, important step towards a fifth Wimbledon final,” Djokovic said in an on-court interview after the match, adding that coming through in the fourth round after a hard-fought battle with Milos Raonic had been “inspiring.”

Although he was unable to take a set off Djokovic on Monday, the 20-year-old Shapovalov, who had upset two-time Wimbledon champion Rafa Nadal in the third round, looked the more confident on the court.

“It was a close match,” Djokovic said after the match. “I’m just very glad that I was able to win.”

At 18-1, Djokovic can clinch his 22nd Grand Slam title if he beats Roger Federer in the final on Sunday.

“As long as there is tennis being played, he’s going to be around. I’m going to be around, so he’s going to keep challenging me,” Djokovic said.

Earlier Monday, Shapovalov said he was proud of his performance but knows he’s a long way from where he wants to be.

“I’m still a young guy,” he said in an on-court interview after the match. “I’m still a pretty good player. I’m not a top player yet, but that’s good.

“I’m going to get there.”

Asked what he wanted to do after Wimbledon, he replied: “I’ve got to learn how to shut up and walk away.”

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