Novak Djokovic reached his 30th Grand Slam final on Friday with a straight sets win over Canada’s Denis Shapovalov.
He is just one victory away from a sixth Wimbledon title and record-equalling 20th major.
The world No.1 progressed in straight sets 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 7-5 yet it’s fair to say that Shapovalov fought hard in what was his first Grand Slam semifinal.
Djokovic was playing in his 41st Grand Slam semifinal and gave ample proof of his big match mentality by saving 10 out of 11 break points.
If he wins Sunday’s final, he will be alongside Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for the most men’s Grand Slam titles (20).
“Particularly at this stage of my career what is most important for me are the Grand Slams,” said Djokovic.
In his seventh Wimbledon final, Djokovic will face world number nine Matteo Berrettini who became the first Italian to reach a Wimbledon singles final.
Berrettini beat Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 6-0, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4.
Hurkacz had knocked out eight-time champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals.
Matteo Berrettini put on a stunning display of power hitting to bludgeon his way past the gutsy Hurkacz and reach his first Wimbledon final.
Hurkacz had never previously made it past the third round of a grand slam.
Both Berrrettini and Hurkacz came into Friday’s semi-final hoping to be the first men from their respective countries to reach the final at the All England Club.
The Italian will attempt to become Italy’s first men’s Grand Slam champion since Adriano Panatta in the 1976 French Open
The match looked as though it was going to be a one-sided affair when Berrettini won the second set to love in about 20 minutes.
However Hurkacz fought back in the third to turn the match into a real contest.
In the end, it wasn’t enough as Berrettini stepped up his level again to clinch the fourth set and book his place in the first grand slam final of his career.
“I think I never dreamed about this because it was too much for a dream,” said Berrettini.
Should he win on Sunday, Berrettini may be able to celebrate a national double with Italy facing England in the Euro 2020 final in London later that day.
WATCH: Victoria Azarenka taunts her opponent after straight sets win in Qatar Open
The 2024 Qatar Open saw controversy erupt during the Victoria Azarenka vs Jelena Ostapenko’s match. The veteran tennis player was seen taunting her opponent after an easy win late on Wednesday night.
This latest win for Azarenka over Ostapenko was her fifth against her opponent. As the game ended Victoria Azarenka could be seen tapping her temple area. This was a signal to her opponent about the superiority that she holds.
Watch the video below:
Yep. Vika is now public enemy No. 1 for Ostapenko. Hawk-eye moves to No. 2
Vika pointing to her head to signal she’s in Ostapenko’s brain. Penko going for the racket tap instead of a handshake. Vika declining
Hollywood couldn’t write a better script
— Josh Gross (@josh3302) February 14, 2024
The match ended in just under 90 minutes as the veteran won the match with the score reading 6-0, 6-3. There was more drama once the match ended as Ostapenko decided to offer her racquet for a tap. This was in diversion from the regular handshake to show the right spirit. Veteran player Azarenka decided to ignore the gesture and moved to shake hands with the chair umpire.
Victoria Azarenka’s win marred by controversy
Despite posting a dominant win over Jelena Ostapenko the Tennis world wasn’t happy with Victoria Azarenka. The antics from the veteran player didn’t sit down well with many fans across the world.
Victoria Azarenka now will play two-time Qatar Open winner Iga Swiatek in the quarter-finals. 34-year-old Azarenka had spoken about her motivations during a recent interview she did with the media. “When I was young, all I wanted to do was win the Grand Slam and the number 1 and I’ve achieved that. I wanted to continue and repeat that feeling. After I had Leo, my priorities shifted a bit” said Azarenka.
The tennis star is currently ranked world number 33 and was ranked at the top in 2012. Her two Grand Slam title wins came when she won the Australian Open two times in 2012 and 2013. The last time she came close to the Championship title was when she reached the US Open final in 2020. Naomi Osaka won the title beating Azarenka to claim a famous win.
Further speaking to the media, the 34-year-old said “I had to find a way to balance myself a bit. Where I don’t feel guilty for missing out on some of the time with him and dedicate myself to the craft. I think I found a balance through understanding that I’d love for him to see how hard I work and how much I put into it”
Shoaib Malik’s third marriage affects Sania Mirza, son gets bullied in school
Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik’s son Izhaan have reportedly faced bullying in his school. Following the third marriage of Malik which took place recently with Sana Javed, a TV actress and a model in Pakistan, which was her 2nd marriage, there has been bullying from the students at the school of Izhaan. The Pakistani media has reported the issue of Sania’s son recently.
Shoaib, the former cricketer of Pakistan, took to his social media handle and announced his third marriage with Sana. Sania has been facing bullying on social media since then. It has been spread to their children for none of his mistakes. When one of the media personnel met Izhaan after the third marriage of Malik, it was reported that he was mentally disturbed. The situation looks to be worse with the latest incident.
To add salt to the wounds of the child, the latest bullying has disturbed his peace of mind. Sania is reportedly concerned over the issue. Sources close to the Indian Tennis player claim that Izhaan is not going to school following the treatment received from his peers in the school. Netizens have condemned the act of those involved in bullying Izhaan for none of his mistakes.
Call for awareness among children regarding sensitive topics
Sania has not reacted to the incident yet on public platforms. However, it is a growing concern to see the children of the popular personalities getting treatment for none of their mistakes. Sania will soon join the squad of RCB for the Women’s Premier League in India. She will continue to fulfil her role as a mentor of the side. Things will be challenging for the Indian Tennis player in the upcoming days.
Following the latest reports that have claimed the bullying of Izhaan, there has been a call for emphasis on creating awareness among the children regarding discussions on sensitive issues. Malik had married Ayesha Siddiqui in 2002, a teacher in Pakistan, before marrying Sania in 2010. After nearly 14 years of being in a relationship with Mirza, Malik married for the third time in his life.
Serbia’s Dejana Radanovic gets criticised by users on social media for her comments against India
Dejana Radanovic posted an Instagram story which has triggered a lot of criticism from Indian users online. The Serbian Tennis star was recently in India to play in the ITF tour which happened in major cities like Pune, Bengaluru, Indore, and Mumbai. In one of the matches, the world number 253 was beaten by a local player named Vaidehi Chaudhari.
During her visit to India, the Serbs played a lot of matches and had to stay in different cities. Every now and then, Dejana took to Instagram and expressed her displeasure regarding staying in India. As her tour came to an end after a stay of three weeks in the country, Dejana bid adieu to the country with a controversial Instagram story, which has not gone well with Indians.
In her post, the Tennis player said that she did not like India. Dejana added that she did not like traffic, food, and hygiene in the country. “I didn’t like India – the country. I didn’t like the food, traffic, hygiene (worms in the food, yellow pillows and dirty bed linen in the hotel, not knowing how to use roundabout etc.),” wrote Dejana in her story on her social media handle.
I think world no. 253 Dejana Radanovic was made to play in India on gunpoint. Soo much hate. pic.twitter.com/r0zt36tZaO
— Bhosale भोसले (@bhosale1947) February 4, 2024
Indians ask apology from Dejana Radanovic
Before leaving India, Radanovic bid adieu and added that she would never ever be in the country again. “Adios India. See you never ever ever ever ever EVER again,” added Radanovic in her story. The opinion of Dejana did not go well with the Indians. The users online asked the Serbian to issue an apology for her statement. Some of the users also considered her racist.
Reacting to the same, Dejana asked if someone visits Serbia and does not like things, would they be considered racist as well? She questioned the users about what her opinions have to do with racism. “If you come to my country, Serbia, and don’t like all those same things, that means you are a racist?? What the hell does that have to do with racism?” questioned the Serbian after facing backlash from the users.
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