Denis Shapovalov has revealed a touching gesture from Novak Djokovic after the rising Canadian star was left in tears following his semi last defeat at Wimbledon.
The world primary reached his thirtieth Grand Slam last after defeating Shapovalov 7-6 (7/3), 7-5, 7-5 in a tense semi-final wherein he crucially saved 10 of 11 break factors.
Maybe the load of the missed possibilities weighed on the 22-year-old who, in tears, put his equipment bag down and applauded the group earlier than leaving the court docket.
Djokovic, just like the 1000’s in centre court docket, stood to applaud him.
Shapovalov’s efficiency drew reward from Djokovic after the match.
“I don’t suppose that the scoreline says sufficient concerning the match, concerning the efficiency [of Shapovalov] … he was serving for the primary set, he was most likely the higher participant for a lot of the second set, he had many possibilities,” he mentioned.
“It’s the primary grand slam semi-final for him and he was emotional … I wish to give him a giant spherical of applause for all the pieces he’s carried out right this moment, and these few weeks … We’re going to see a number of him sooner or later, positively. He’s an ideal participant.”
Talking to the media, Shapovalov revealed Djokovic consoled him after their tie.
“He got here as much as me within the locker room,” Shopalov mentioned.
“Informed me he is aware of how tough it’s for me proper now however that it’ll all come alongside.
“He doesn’t should do it, it’s very good from him to do it. He isn’t praised sufficient”.