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

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.

“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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