It’s men’s singles semifinal time at the 2021 Wimbledon with Novak Djokovic taking on Denis Shapovalov and Matteo Berrettini playing Hubert Hurkacz. Our expert picks and betting tips for both these matches below.
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Novak Djokovic v Denis Shapovalov
Since losing that first set in the first round to Jack Draper, Djokovic has lost none. He was stretched to a third set-breaker in one of the matches but if the word clinical needed a demonstrable definition, Djokovic’s performances all tournament are up there for everyone to watch.
The thing is, it’s not been just this tournament that Djokovic has managed this. There was French Open before this. There was the tournament in Belgrade. And obviously the Australian Open earlier in the season.
And while a lot of credit must be given to the manner in which Denis Shapovalov has defied odds to make a fighting presence in the semifinal, the big question is if he has shown anything that suggests he could challenge Djokovic.
Take a set off him?
The Canadian would know that by itself would be a big challenge. It would need Djokovic’s level to fall drastically for him to lose three then, or for a moment of madness like at US Open but typically how it goes with the Serb is his game gets better as the tournament goes along and he becomes tougher to beat.
We will have to back a straight-set win for the Serb here.
Tip: Djokovic to win in straight sets: 4/6 (Click Here to Bet with bet365)
Matteo Berrettini v Hubert Hurkacz
While the Djokovic-Shapovalov semifinal could end up becoming a one-sided one, we expect a lot more fireworks from the first men’s singles semifinal of the day when Matteo Berrettini takes on Hubert Hurkacz.
Hurkacz had beaten Berrettini in their only previous outing but that came in 2019 and on the hard court of Miami. Since then, the Italian has played 23 matches on grass and won 21 of them – yep, that’s the kind of record only some of the top players in the world have.
Which is also why Berrettini had been tipped to go the distance even before the start of the tournament, and may be even challenge Djokovic for the title.
Make no mistake though, Hurkacz is no pushover. You cannot call a player who has only just sent a champion player like Roger Federer packing in straight sets, a pushover for sure.
Nor can you do that to a player who has won a Masters title this season after having begun the year with a tournament win in Delray Beach.
Will that be enough to test Berrettini? May be, but not enough to win we believe.