Denis Shapovalov wins five-setter to set up semi-final against Novak Djokovic

Canadian beats Karen Khachanov 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4Shapovalov prevails after being on the ropes several times

Denis Shapovalov thanked the crowd for helping him into a semi-final against Novak Djokovic after five nip-and-tuck sets against on No 1 Court on Wednesday, but it was as much as case of the No 10 seed needing to persuade himself as anything else.

Shapovalov gave himself the fiercest talking-to of several after falling 2-1 behind, having handed Karen Khachanov a crucial break point in the third set with a double fault, and it seemed to do the trick as the persistence and accuracy of the Canadian’s shot-making, and his one-handed backhand in particular, finally proved too much for his Russian opponent.

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