TAXING! Denis Shapovalov Overcomes Karen Khachanov To Reach First Ever Major Semifinals at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 07/07/2021, 11:36 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Canada’s Denis Shapovalov reacts during his quarter final match against Russia’s Karen Khachanov REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


We’ve approached the business end of Wimbledon Championships 2021 and things have gotten intense. Today, we had Karen Khachanov take on Denis Shapovalov in the quarterfinals. They have played once on the hard courts and it was the Canadian who won that match. Today, the Canadian won the match 6-4 3-6 5-7 6-1 6-4, which lasted for three and a half hours. 

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Set 1: Denis Shapovalov too clinical for the Russian 

As the match began, both players were serving with great effect. During the seventh game, Karen Khachanov got three chances to get the first break of the match but he failed to convert any. 

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Soon after, in the ninth game, it was Denis Shapovalov’s chance to break and he capitalized by breaking the Russian. In the next game, he served for the set, winning it 6-4 in 49 minutes. 

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Canada’s Denis Shapovalov in action during his quarter final match against Russia’s Karen Khachanov REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Set 2: Karen Khachanov makes his presence felt

The big Russian began the set on a high note. He broke the Canadian in his opening two service games. Within no time, Khachanov was up 4-0. 

However, he was broken once by Denis but that did not change the circumstance of the set. After 40 minutes into the set, Khachanov won the set 6-3. 

Set 3: The Big Russian rides on the momentum 

In the following set, both players served brilliantly and did not allow their opponents to cause much havoc. They held serve until the 11th game of the set. 

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Russia’s Karen Khachanov in action during his quarter final match against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Karen got the first break of the set and consolidated it by holding serve and clinching the set 7-5. It took him 51 minutes to seal the set in his favor. 

Set 4: Denis Shapovalov takes the match into a decider

The Canadian served brilliantly from the start of the set. He was stepping up his levels and was successful as he broke the Russian twice during the set. In 32 minutes, he won the set 6-1 and the momentum was clearly on his side, moving into the fifth and final set. 

Set 5: The Canadian comes out on top

In this set too, both players served with great intensity. However, in the ninth game, Denis got the break at 5-4. he later served it out and won the set 6-4. 

The Canadian will face World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinal on Friday. It will be interesting to see how things unveil on that day. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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