Novak Djokovic ends Cameron Norrie’s dream run to stay on track for his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title and become the fourth man in the open era to post a four-game winning streak here after Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg
Last update: 08/07/22 6:32 p.m.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic has ended Britain’s Cameron Norrie’s Wimbledon dreams to reach Sunday’s final where he will aim to win a seventh title when he takes on Nick Kyrgios.
Norrie, who was keen to join Andy Murray as the second Open Era Briton to reach the Wimbledon final, got off to a perfect start as he crushed Djokovic to win the opening set.
But Djokovic showed why he hadn’t lost a match on center court in nine years as he fought back to win 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 and stay on course for his fourth straight All England title Club.
Extending his winning streak on grass to 27, six-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic becomes the first man to reach 32 Grand Slam finals, having lost just one of his last 19 semi-finals. of Grand Slam.
Norrie will no doubt be disappointed not to have been able to make a major final for the first time, but the ninth seed has shown that he belongs fully among the world’s best and can have more chances in the future.
Djokovic has won at least one Grand Slam title – and more often than not two or three – every year since 2010 except 2017, when he was dogged by elbow problems.
He arrived at Wimbledon, however, knowing it was likely his last chance of the season with a Covid-19 vaccination certificate still required to enter the United States.
So it was a huge match despite all the Serbian’s experience, and he was certainly the one who seemed the most nervous in the early stages.
A huge roar erupted as Norrie, who had won just three games in their only previous encounter last year, claimed the opening point against serve, and the UK No.1 greeted his opening break with a bouncing fist pump on the biggest day of the 26-year career.
Djokovic didn’t react the same when he immediately won the break, but the top seed couldn’t settle, his normally tight groundstrokes flying long or into the net.
Djokovic vs Norrie: Match Stats
|82%||1st serve winning percentage||71%|
|58%||2nd serve winning percentage||41%|
|5/14||Break points earned||3/4|
|113||Total points earned||89|
Norrie has been unfazed throughout this run, embracing his suddenly high profile rather than feeling intimidated by the pressure at home, and he certainly rose to the occasion on the biggest stage of all.
He made sure to take advantage of Djokovic’s nerves, using his unusually flat two-handed backhand to rush his opponent while landing several blows with his heavy forehand.
The crowd was in disbelief as Norrie won five straight to claim the first set, but early signs in the second were that Djokovic had stabilized.
The pressure was mounting as Norrie saved break points in games four and six and a missed volley from the top of the net at 3-4 was the momentary time Djokovic needed to seize the initiative.
Unlike Jannik Sinner, who led Djokovic by two sets to love in the quarter-finals, Norrie doesn’t have a big weapon and, with the defending champion now purring from the baseline, it was difficult for the Briton to find a burst of light.
He was being pushed far behind the baseline and the kind of mistakes he simply couldn’t afford to make were creeping in.
Another break of serve to start the fourth set brought Djokovic closer and, although Norrie fought valiantly to stay in touch, earning huge applause when he saved four break points in game five, the Serbian’s serve kept him out of reach.
Roger Federer 12 (8-4)
Novak Djokovic 8 (6-1)
Pete Sampras 7 (7-0)
Boris Becker 7 (3-4)
Arthur Gore 7 (3-4)
After a final unrecoverable serve on match point, Djokovic turned to a section of spectators who had shouted and unleashed with a verbal volley, earning a chorus of boos, before celebrating another final here.
Australian Kyrgios, who got through to Sunday’s final through injured Spaniard Rafael Nadal, now stands between 35-year-old Djokovic and a 21st Grand Slam title.
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