Wimbledon 2021: Novak Djokovic’s private gesture for ‘heartbroken’ Denis Shapovalov revealed

Denis Shapovalov has urged the tennis world to understand the nice facet of Novak Djokovic after the world No.1’s touching response to a Wimbledon semi-final that resulted in devastating vogue.

Shapovalov left the event in tears, figuring out how shut he had come to inflicting a serious shock – even when the ultimate scoreline recommended in any other case.

Five-time champion Djokovic admitted he had been outplayed at instances by the 22-year-old Canadian who lit up Centre Court in his first grand slam semi-final.

But for just a few essential factors right here and there No.10 seed Shapovalov might have been planning for a Sunday showdown towards Italian Matteo Berrettini.

Instead he puzzled what might need been after falling 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 7-5.

The world No.12 seemed crestfallen as he left the sector to an enormous ovation and defined afterwards why the tears had flowed.

“I think what hurt so much this time was just that I felt like the game is there and it’s possible to go and play for the trophy,” Shapovalov stated.

“It’s a feeling I’ve never had before, so that’s why it just hurt so much.

“I felt like I was outplaying Novak in parts of the match. If you’re outplaying Novak, you can beat anyone.

“In terms of how I felt after the match, it sucked. I felt terrible. And I still do feel terrible.

“I felt like I had chances today. I felt like it could have gone my way. So the fact that it didn’t, it’s heartbreaking.”

Having seen how a lot it meant to Shapovalov, Djokovic sought out his younger rival instantly after the match.

“He came up to me in the locker room, told me he knows how difficult it is for me right now but that it’ll all come along,” Shapovalov stated.

“He doesn’t have to do it, it’s very nice from him to do it. He isn’t praised enough.”

A tearful Denis Shapovalov thanks the crowd as Novak Djokovic applauds his opponent.
A tearful Denis Shapovalov thanks the gang as Novak Djokovic applauds his opponent. Credit: Getty

The Serbian himself stated he knew the end result turned on only a handful of factors.

“I don’t think the scoreline says enough about the performance or the match,” Djokovic stated.

“(Shapovalov) was serving for the first set and was probably the better player, had many chances.

“I would like to give him a big round of applause for everything he has done today and also this two weeks.

“We are going to see a lot of him in the future, he is a great player.”

When Shapovalov wanted 5 units to beat German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber within the first spherical right here it lit the fuse for his greatest run at a grand slam.

He outclassed two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray in spherical three, then did the identical to gritty Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut within the final 16.

On Wednesday he overcame Russian powerhouse Karen Khachanov in one other five-setter.

But Djokovic proved a step too far.

“It’s been a long month. It’s been a long two weeks. It’s been a lot of pressure, a lot of mental fatigue. It all kind of spilled out on the court,” Shapovalov stated.

He stated he would take nice coronary heart from his Wimbledon run, even when he fell simply in need of turning into solely the second Canadian man to achieve the ultimate.

“For sure there’s a lot of things to be proud for myself. For sure it’s almost good to have a little bit of a taste because it just makes me want it that much more going into the next slams and into the future,” he stated.

“Now I know exactly what I’m capable of and where my game can be at. If anything, this has made me more hungry to try to win a trophy.”

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