On Novak Djokovic 16th consecutive appearance at the All England Club, the world No 1 and top seed reached his seventh Wimbledon final after defeating 22-year-old Shapovalov, making his Grand Slam semi-final debut, 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 7-5.

Although It means the Serb, who has already claimed the Australian Open and Roland Garros titles this year, is through to his 30th Grand Slam final where he will go up against Italian seventh seed Matteo Berrettini.

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Djokovic now has his sights set on a third consecutive Wimbledon triumph, as well as equaling Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s record for most Grand Slam men’s singles titles, when he walks out on Centre Court this Sunday.

However, Djokovic has yet to hit top gear this fortnight but he has only dropped one set – his first match of the tournament against British teenager Jack Draper – and is one win away from his own piece of history.

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He said: “I don’t think the scoreline says enough about the performance and about the match. He was serving for the first set and was probably the better player for most of the second set.

“I would like to give him a big round of applause. This has been his first semi-final of a grand slam. You could see he was emotional. We’re going to see a lot of him in the future, definitely.

“Particularly at this stage of my career, the Grand Slams are everything really. I have to balance that with trying to be present and in the moment and focus only on the next match.”

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