Denis Shapovalov felt that he had been close to having been able to achieve more before Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon semi-finals. The five-time champion himself admitted that he had been outdone at times by the 22-year-old Canadian, who lit up center court in his first Grand Slam semi-final.
But the crucial points were taken by the most expert and mentally strong. Djokovic will play the final on Sunday against Matteo berrettini after winning by 7-6 (3), 7-5 and 7-5.
Shapovalov left dejectedly, leaving the ‘Cathedral’ to a standing ovation. He couldn’t hold back the tears. He said goodbye with tears. He explained why.
“I think what hurt so much this time was that I felt that the game is there and that it is possible to play for the trophy,” said Shapovalov.
“It’s a feeling I’ve never had before, that’s why it hurt so much. I felt like I was beating Novak in parts of the match. If you’re beating Novak, you can beat anyone, “he said.
I feel terrible, it’s heartbreaking
“In terms of how I felt after the game, it sucked. I felt terrible. And I still feel terrible. I felt like I had opportunities today. I felt like it could have turned out differently. It’s heartbreaking, “he confessed.
”It has been a long month. It’s been a long two weeks. It has been a lot of pressure, a lot of mental fatigue. Everything came out on the court. Sure there are many things to be proud of myself. For sure it is almost good to try a little to want to do a lot more in the next slams and in the future, “he said.
As a valuable lesson, he learned that “now I know exactly what I am capable of and where it can be with my game. In any case, this has made me more hungry to try to win a trophy ”.