Wimbledon: Djokovic an impressive presence in the last four
If experience counts at the end of a Grand Slam, Novak Djokovic could hardly have a greater advantage heading into the Wimbledon semi-finals on Friday.
The 34-year-old has made the final four at the All England Club for the 10th time, chasing a sixth Wimbledon title and a record 20th Grand Slam singles title.
The other three semi-finalists – Denis chapovalov, Matteo berrettini and Hubert Hurkacz – meet at this stage of the Championships for the very first time.
Shapovalov is the player tasked with stopping Djokovic’s seemingly unstoppable march to tennis history in a game after the first men’s semi-final between Berrettini and Hurkacz.
So how could these clashes play out on center court on Friday?
 Matteo Berrettini v  Hubert Hurkacz
Newer: Hurkacz d Berrettini 6-4 6-3, 2019 Miami 1R (hard)
Berrettini and Hurkacz met in the Australian Open qualifying rounds just three years ago.
The two are now playing for a spot in their first Grand Slam final.
Like Djokovic, Berrettini is developing serious momentum, now undefeated in 10 matches after recently winning the ATP title at Queen’s Club.
His formidable serve, huge forehand and penetrating backhand prove to be a successful combination of weapons on the lawns, and he has lost just two sets in five matches so far this fortnight.
âBy participating in this tournament, I knew I could do it. I know the race is not over either. Before this tournament I just felt like I’m a better player now, âsaid Berrettini, comparing this major semifinal run to its first at the 2019 US Open.
âI have more experience. I had more matches on my shoulders. Everything I accomplish is awesome, but it’s not something I didn’t expect.
âPlaying Hubert is going to be really difficult. He’s beaten Daniil, beat Roger in a row, and he’s feeling good. He’s been having a great season so far.
The caliber of the opposition is perhaps a factor elevating Hurkacz above the more sophisticated Berrettini.
In the final two rounds, his shattering victories over No.2 seeded Medvedev and eight-time champion Federer created shockwaves throughout the tournament.