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Denis Shapovalov left the court in tears after losing a hard fought Wimbledon semi-final against Novak Djokovic – and has come out to explain why he was so emotional. The Canadian played well during his first Grand Slam semi-final but lost in straight sets.
Shapovalov claims he was ‘outplaying’ the world No 1 during several parts of the match but he was still only managed to covert one of 11 break point opportunities.
The 22-year-old has had a good tournament overall having comfortably beaten Britain’s Andy Murray in the third round before an epic five-set win over Karen Kachanov in the semi-finals.
And the former Wimbledon junior champion believes his game was outmatching even the best tennis player on the planet right now.
“I think what hurt so much this time was just that I felt like the game is there and it’s possible to go and play for the trophy,” he said after the match.
“It’s a feeling I’ve never had before, so that’s why it just hurt so much.
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“I felt like I was outplaying Novak in parts of the match.
“If you’re outplaying Novak, you can beat anyone.”
On the reason for his emotional exit, he added: “It just hurt a lot… It’s been a lot of pressure, a lot of mental fatigue. Like, it all kind of spilled out on the court before I could control myself.
“It’s almost good to have a little bit of a taste, because it just makes me want it that much more going into the next Slams and into the future.
“Now I know exactly what I’m capable of and where my game can be at.
“Also the things that I can improve, too, to beat Novak next time or go one step further.”
Meanwhile, Djokovic’s victory over the Canadian sets up a Wimbledon final against Matteo Berrettini.
The world No 1 is looking to win a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam and a sixth Wimbledon title.
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