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Denis Shapovalov: 'Matteo Berrettini can make things uncomfortable for Novak Djokovic'

Matteo Berrettini celebrates Wimbledon

Denis Shapovalov has tipped Matteo Berrettini to 'make things uncomfortable' for Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final.

Shapovalov gave a fine account of himself in the semi-final against Djokovic, but came up short in what was a returning master-class from the world number one.

Berrettini, who beat Hurbert Hurkacz in the other semi, is now all that is standing between Djokovic and a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title, but Shapovalov believes the Italian should not be written off.

“I think [Berrettini] does have a chance,” Shapovalov said.

“I felt like from the back I was outplaying Novak a good portion of the match.

"I think Matteo is looking super solid from the back from what I have seen today and his match against Felix [Auger-Aliassime in the quarter-finals). He’s slicing a lot. It’s going to be uncomfortable for Novak.

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“I think with the serve that he has, if he can manage to sneak out a break here or there, win a couple tiebreaks, I think it’s going to be really tough for Novak to break him.

“If he’s serving the way he did today, it’s super tough to touch it.

“Obviously Novak is such a good returner. Still, I mean, it’s too good. So I definitely do think he’s got a chance, for sure. Is it going to be a battle? Yeah, for sure it’s going to be super tough.

“But there’s always a chance, like I said before my match against Novak, and it’s the same thing with Matteo.”

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