Novak Djokovic stands alone and above other Wimbledon semi-finalists

Five-times champion has been imperious run to the final four but Denis Shapovalov could prove an awkward opponent

Three of the men’s semi-finalists on Friday have one main problem. The fourth man. Novak Djokovic. In the past 10 years at Wimbledon, three men have beaten him in completed matches: Roger Federer in the semis in 2012, Andy Murray in the final in 2013 and Sam Querrey in the third round in 2016.

Djokovic also lost to Tomas Berdych in 2017, but on that occasion, he retired hurt with an elbow injury, so the size of the task facing Denis Shapovalov, and by extension the other two semi-finalists, Matteo Berrettini and Hubert Hurkacz, is clear.

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