The number one seed Novak Djokovic defeated Cameron Norrie of Great Britain on Friday, defeating him 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4to go within one victory of winning his fourth Wimbledon title in a row and eighth overall.
The Serbian improved as the match went on on a sun-baked Centre Court, breaking Norrie’s defenses with his aggressive and accurate groundstrokes to reach his ninth Championships final in two hours and 34 minutes. This week, World No. 3 is pursuing his 21st Grand Slam championship as he attempts to catch 22-time major champion, Rafael Nadal. After Spaniard Rafael Nadal was forced to retire prior to his matchup with Nick Kyrgios in the semi-final due to an abdominal strain, the 35-year-old will take against the Australian in the championship match on Sunday.
Novak Djokovic Proceeds To Finals
With his victory over ninth seed Norrie at Wimbledon, Djokovic has now won 27 straight games. He will face Roger Federer in the 32nd Grand Slam final, giving him sole possession of the record for most major final appearances (31). The Serbian has an additional 85-10 record at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, surpassing Jimmy Connors’ 84-18 record and propelling him into second place all time. Norrie showed no nervousness in a strong opening set as he soon established his range on Centre Court.
Djokovic, who is playing in his 11th semi-final at The Championships, is accustomed to huge moments. The World No. 3 turned the tables in the second set to even the match as he raised his effort, displayed excellent touch in all directions, and began to find his places on serve.
In the third set, Djokovic persisted with his offensive strategy, taking advantage of Norrie’s groundstrokes’ diminished depth and force to gain ground. After taking a commanding lead early in the fourth set, the Serbian broke again to secure the match.