Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Semifinals on ESPN: Djokovic to Face Shapovalov, Berrettini Plays the Surprising Hurkacz

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Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Semifinals on ESPN: Djokovic to Face Shapovalov, Berrettini Plays the Surprising Hurkacz

  • Breakfast at Wimbledon Precedes the Action at 7 a.m. ET 
  • ESPN+ with all Outer Courts – Doubles, Juniors, Wheelchair and More  
  • Saturday’s Ladies’ Championship:  #1 Ash Barty vs. #8 Karolina Pliskova 

ESPN’s exclusive coverage of The Championships, Wimbledon continues on ESPN on Friday, July 9, with Breakfast at Wimbledon at 7 a.m. ET and the Gentlemen’s Semifinals on ESPN at 8 a.m.  

  • #7 Matteo Berrettini vs. #14 Hubert Hurkacz:  The 25-year-old Berrettini is making his second appearance in a Major semifinal (2019 US Open).  The only other Italian man to reach the last four at Wimbledon was Nicola Pietrangeli in 1960.  A big hitter with a powerful serve, he won the grass-court Queens Club event leading to Wimbledon.  Hurkacz, 24 and from Poland, is enjoying his best success at a Major.  He ousted eight-time champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals in straight sets.  The pair have split their two matches, both played on a hard court. 

Followed by: 

  • #1 Novak Djokovic vs. #10 Denis Shapovalov:  Top-seeded Djokovic, 34, is seeking his third straight Wimbledon crown (sixth overall) and 20th Major overall which would tie the men’s record shared by Rafael Nadal and Federer.  It’s the Serb’s 10th journey to the Wimbledon semifinals and his 41st at Major tournaments.  The Canadian Shapovalov, 22, is in his first Major semifinal.  Djokovic has defeated the left-handed Shapovalov in all six of their matches, five on a hard court and one on clay. 

ESPN+ with More Action 

Beyond Centre Court, all the other 11 courts – plus the Mixed Doubles semifinal third on Centre Court – with matches are available on the ESPN App with ESPN+.  This includes Doubles, Juniors and Wheelchair action, beginning at 6 a.m.  

Ladies’ Championship Saturday  

Saturday’s Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship will begin at 9 a.m., preceded by Breakfast at Wimbledon at 8 a.m.: 

  • #1 Ash Barty of Australia will seek her second Major title and first at Wimbledon.  The last top seed to win the ladies’ title was Serena Williams in 2016.  Her opponent, #8 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, is a former top-ranked player in the world and one of the few active women who has reached the semifinals of all four Major tournaments.  She seeks her first Major title.   

 

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As I write this on 11-11-21, it's now 35 years for me at ESPN, the only real job I’ve ever had. I joined merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at all of $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville, Darlington, Indy and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals, Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, my main areas are tennis, UFC, boxing, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including more than 30 of the Year in Review press releases.
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