Denis Shapovalov: ‘Novak Djokovic is the best player in the world, but anything can happen’

Denis Shapovalov says ‘anything can happen’ when he faces world number one Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Shapovalov came through a five-set epic against Karen Khachanov on Wednesday to set up a meeting with Djokovic, who has already won two majors this year.

The Canadian ace knows he will go into the match as a big underdog, but it’s a test he’s looking forward to.

“He [Djokovic] is the best player in the world, but when you look at the scoreboard, the first thing on Friday, it is going to be level,” Shapovalov said.

“I have full belief in me and my team, anything is possible.”

Shapovalov was certainly made to work hard for it by Khachanov, who was just one set away from the semi-finals himself.

“It was definitely super tough, especially in the fifth set, having 0/40 and not converting,” Shapovalov said.

“Then having the craziest game of my life, being able to win that was massive,.

“I was in a similar position at the US Open last year in the quarter-finals, and I thought I started the fifth set a little slow, so I told myself just play every single point as hard as you can, and a bit of luck was on my side.

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