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Novak Djokovic celebrates victory against Denis Shapovalov in the mens' singles semi-final on centre court on day eleven of Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic celebrates victory against Denis Shapovalov in the mens' singles semi-final on centre court on day eleven of Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic celebrates victory against Denis Shapovalov in the mens' singles semi-final on centre court on day eleven of Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic has made it through to yet another Grand Slam final and whatever happens in his clash with Matteo Berrettini on Sunday, he is set to set a new earnings record in tennis.

Djokovic has his eyes firmly on the big prize after showing his competitive steel once again to defeat Denis Shapovalov and reach a seventh Wimbledon final.

Shapovalov, playing in his first grand slam semi-final, was the better player for most of the first two sets but could not convert his chances and fell to a 7-6 (3) 7-5 7-5 defeat.

Djokovic has yet to fully hit top gear this fortnight but he has only dropped one set and is now one win away from equalling Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s record of 20 slam titles and completing three quarters of a calendar Grand Slam.

He will now also beat his two chief rivals in the race to become the first player to win a staggering $150millon in prize money, with his current career earnings of $149,810,010 set to be boosted by his run to another final.

The £1.7million (sterling) winners' cheque for this year's Wimbledon winner will ensure Djokovic sales past the $150million in prize money, but the Serbian has his sights set on bigger ambitions.

The world number one, who is going for a third consecutive title at SW19 and sixth in total, has made no secret of the fact the slams are now the focus of all his efforts.

"It would mean everything," he said of the glittering prize on offer when he takes on first-time finalist Matteo Berrettini on Sunday.

"That's why I'm here. That's why I'm playing. I imagined myself being in a position to fight for another grand slam trophy prior to coming to London. I put myself in a very good position.

"Anything is possible in the finals. Obviously experience is on my side. But Berrettini has been winning a lot of matches on grass courts this year, winning Queen's."

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