Wimbledon: Cameron Norrie meets Novak Djokovic in semis, Nick Kyrgios receives walkover to final | tennis news

Britain’s Cameron Norrie had the best run of his career at a Grand Slam at this year’s Championships.

British No. 1 Cameron Norrie is set to ‘take’ Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon semi-final, while Nick Kyrgios received a walkover in the final after Rafael Nadal withdrew due to injury.

Norrie joins Andy Murray, Tim Henman and Roger Taylor as the only British men to reach the singles semi-finals at the All England Club in the Open Era.

Norrie, the current British No. 1, now faces what he believes is the ultimate test at Wimbledon: a match against the World No. 1, who is seeking to win a fourth successive title.

The other semi-final between Kyrgios and Nadal was to take place second on Center Court on Friday. However, Nadal announced on Thursday night that he had been forced to withdraw from the tournament.

The Spaniard battled heroically in the four-hour, 21-minute quarter-final against Taylor Fritz, but after a scan and practice on Thursday he made the difficult decision not to play.

Norrie ready for duel with Djokovic on Center Court

Norrie and Djokovic have only met once on Tour and this will be their first meeting on grass.

Norrie and Djokovic have only met once on Tour and this will be their first meeting on grass.

The British No. 1 has broken new ground this year at Wimbledon, after making it past the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.

It is safe to say that Norrie, who has won several titles on the ATP Tour, must have been disturbed by his record in the majors and is now enjoying an extended career at a Slam.

At his home Slam, Norrie is drawing strength from the established team around him and doing things his own way, like cycling to and from the All England Club home.

Cameron Norrie – Road to the semis

First round Pablo Andujar – 6-0 7-6 (7-3) 6-3
Second round Jaume Munar – 6-4 3-6 5-7 6-0 6-2
third round Steve Johnson – 6-4 6-1 6-0
fourth round Tommy Paul – 6-4 7-5 6-4
Quarter finals David Goffin – 3-6 7-5 2-6 6-3 7-5

Norrie’s first reaction to facing Djokovic in the semi-final was positive and there is no doubt that the Center Court crowd will root for him, just as the No. 1 Court crowd did on Tuesday.

The British No. 1 also knows the record held by his Serbian opponent on center court: Djokovic hasn’t lost on main court since Andy Murray beat him in the final in 2013, but Norrie is undeterred.

“Obviously it’s one of the most difficult tasks in tennis,” Norrie said. “I would say grass is his favorite surface and his record is unbelievable here at Wimbledon. It’s going to be tough.”

Normal Norrie deserves Wimbledon success

Cameron Norrie’s Grand Slam success has been building. After a sensational rise over the last year and a half, he faces the ultimate test against Novak Djokovic.

“But I really want to face him and see the level he brings. The last time I faced him was in Turin, in another big tournament. He played very well, but I think I learned a lot from that.”

“I’m going to approach it a little bit differently, tactically. It’s going to be a good challenge and I’m ready for that.”

I think it’s a great example for all tennis players to look at and leave, if you work hard day after day, dedicate yourself properly to the sport and have an attitude like his, it can take you a long, long time. , road.

Andy Murray on Cameron Norrie

In the days between the quarter-finals and the semi-final, Norrie said he would probably approach Murray to “see what he has” on the world No. 1, and why wouldn’t you? Murray is one of the few to beat Djokovic at Wimbledon.

In addition to refining his tactical approach, Norrie will need to figure out how he starts faster than he did in the quarterfinals. Against David Goffin, he admitted that he “couldn’t feel the ball” early on and it took until the fourth set to find his rhythm.

There’s little to no time to do that against Djokovic, so whether it’s speeding things up, slowing things down or having some mental practice in his locker like talking to himself, Norrie needs to hit the nail on the head from the first ball on Friday.

Novak Djokovic – Road to the semi-finals

First round Soon Woo Kwon – 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4
Second round Thanasi Kokkinakis – 6-1 6-4 6-2
third round Miomir Kecmanovic – 6-0 6-3 6-4
fourth round Tim van Rijthoven – 6-2 4-6 6-1 6-2
Quarter finals Jannik Sinner – 5-7 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-2

Djokovic himself knows all about the impact of self-talk, after he shared that a ‘pep talk’ during a bathroom break changed his quarter-final against Jannik Sinner.

After dropping the first two sets, the World No. 1 proceeded to win sets three, four and five, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to reach his 11th Wimbledon semi-final.

Djokovic looks to record his 333rd Grand Slam win

Djokovic looks to record his 333rd Grand Slam win

The fact that Djokovic has now gone through this period of conflict is ominous for Norrie because the Serb knows exactly what to do at this stage of a major. Unlike the Briton, nothing to come on Friday will be new for the world number 1.

What is newer though is playing a Brit again in a big knockout match at Wimbledon and that is something the world number 1 has already addressed in his mind.

“We played indoors at the ATP Tour Finals [last time]”, he said “Of course, those are different conditions, a different tournament and environment than playing here at Wimbledon on Center Court in the semi-finals of a Slam in your country.

“I know what to expect if that happens, you know, in terms of the crowd support. For him, there’s not much to lose. Every win from now on is a big deal for him. I know that.”

“But I know his game well. He’s been there. I’ll do my homework and prepare.”

Djokovic is looking to reach his eighth Wimbledon final and become only the third player in the Open Era to reach the Wimbledon men’s singles final aged 35 or older.

Meanwhile, Norrie is bidding to become only the second Briton in the Open Era to reach the Wimbledon final.

Kyrgios receives walkover after Nadal’s retirement

Kyrgios will now have a long wait before his first Grand Slam final

Kyrgios will now have a long wait before his first Grand Slam final

Nadal showed a dismayed figure when he announced on Thursday night that he had been forced to withdraw due to injury.

During his lengthy semi-final, his family gestured for him not to continue playing with his abdominal problem, but his competitive spirit and determination carried him to victory.

Following a scan on Thursday and time on the practice courts at the All England Club, Nadal announced his decision earlier in the evening.

As a result, there will be no 10th meeting between Nadal and Kyrgios and the Australian, ranked 40th in the world, is now the lowest-ranked Wimbledon men’s finalist and first unseeded since Mark Philippoussis in 2003.

Kyrgios’ tournament, like his tennis game, has had it all. There are legal issues off the pitch in Australia, and while he was on the pitch at the All England Club, he made headlines for both negative and positive reasons.

Nick Kyrgios – Road to the semis

First round Pablo Jubb – 3-6 6-1 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 7-5
Second round Filip Krajinović – 6-2 6-3 6-1
third round Stefanos Tsitsipas – 7-6 (7-2) 4-6 6-3 7-6 (9-7)
fourth round Brandon Nakashima – 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-2
Quarter finals Cristian Garin – 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-5)

Focusing solely on his tennis, Kyrgios has the entire game to upset the best in the game, as Daniela Hantuchova said. sky sports.

“From a tennis perspective, it’s crazy what he can do on a court,” Hantuchova said.

“I got to play an exhibition with him on the same team and he amazed me every time he stepped on the court, what he could do and his ability. His raw talent is unreal and probably one of the best we’ve ever had.” in History.”

Kyrgios will now have a long wait until the first Grand Slam final of his career, which takes place on Sunday, and he will hopefully watch the contest between Norrie and Djokovic with keen interest.

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