Wimbledon 2021 Schedule: How to Watch Novak Djokovic in the Men's Semifinals Live

Novak Djokovic can move a step closer to defend his Wimbledon title when he faces Canada's Denis Shapovalov in the semifinal on Friday.

The world No. 1 triumphed in southwest London in 2018 and 2019 and could make it three titles in a row—Wimbledon was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020—this year.

Winning Wimbledon would keep Djokovic, the world No. 1, on track to complete the calendar Grand Slam in 2021, after his triumphs at the Australian Open and the French Open this year.

A sixth Wimbledon crown would also draw the Serb level with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's record tally of 20 Grand Slam men's singles titles.

Djokovic extended his run of straight-sets wins to four on Wednesday, when he dispatched unseeded Hungarian Márton Fucsovics 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to record his 100th career win on a grass court.

Wimbledon men semifinalists
This composite image shows the four Wimbledon semifinalists. Clockwise from left, Serbia's Novak Djokovic, Canada's Denis Shapovalov, Poland's Hubert Hurkacz and Italy's Matteo Berrettini. TPN/Adrian Dennis/AFP/Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Since dropping the first set of his opening match against Britain's Jack Draper last week, Djokovic has been almost flawless.

"It was a solid performance," the world No. 1 told BBC Sport.

"I started off extremely well, there were not too many things wrong in the first six games.

"Then, one break of serve in the second and third sets were enough. Credit to Márton for hanging in there."

Djokovic will face Shapovalov in the second semifinal on Friday, which is due to start not earlier than 4 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET) on Centre Court. The No. 10 seed, the Canadian reached his maiden Grand Slam semifinal after defeating Russia's Karen Kachanov, the No. 25 seed, in five sets 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.

A junior champion at Wimbledon in 2016, Shapovalov had struggled to replicate that form on grass over the last five years. However, he's now reached back-to-back semifinals on grass after making the final four of the Queen's tournament in June.

"There were so many times where I thought Karen was too good and going to roll away with the match," he said.

"It was definitely super, super tough, especially in the fifth set."

Djokovic and Shapovalov will be preceded on Centre Court by Italy's Matteo Berrettini and Poland's Hubert Hurkacz in the first semifinal, which is due to start at 1:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET).

The No. 7 seed, Berrettini reached his second Grand Slam semifinals after the U.S. Open in 2019 after defeating Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 in the quarterfinals to make the final four at Wimbledon for the first time.

Hurkacz, meanwhile, produced one of the shocks of the tournaments on Wednesday, dispatching Federer in straight sets. The 20-time Grand Slam champion had no answers for the No. 14 seed, who took the match 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 to become only the second Polish man to reach the semifinal of a Grand Slam tournament.

"I don't know what to say," Hurkacz told The Guardian. "It's super-special for me, to play on this court. Playing against Roger, when you're a kid, it's like a dream come true."

Here's all you need to know ahead of Friday.

Matteo Berrettini at Wimbledon
Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon
Denis Shapovalov at Wimbledon
The four Wimbledon's men semifinalists.

How to Watch Wimbledon on TV

Coverage of the men's semifinals begins at 8 a.m. ET on ESPN on Friday and runs until 2 p.m. ET.

How to Watch Wimbledon Online

Fans can watch the action online via ESPN3, ESPN+ as well as via the WatchESPN app. Both matches will also be available via streaming services such as fuboTV and Sling TV, which carry ESPN channels.

Wimbledon 2021 odds

Pre-tournament favorite Novak Djokovic remains the man to beat in the eyes of the bookmakers. The world No. 1 is a 1-4 favorite with William Hill and 4-11 favorite with DraftKings, respectively, while Matteo Berrettini is at 11-2 and 8-1 with the two bookmakers.

Hubert Hurkacz is a 10-1 outsider with William Hill but a 33-1 long shot with DraftKings, while Denis Shapovalov is at 16-1 with both bookmakers.