Wimbledon 2022: Djokovic ends Nori’s run, sets up final clash with Kyrgios

On the sun-baked center court, the Serbian raised his level as the match went on, breaking Nori’s defense with his aggressive and precise groundstrokes to advance to his eighth final in the championship in two hours and 34 minutes. With the win, Djokovic moved closer to his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title and seventh title overall.

Djokovic said in his on-court interview, “I didn’t start well. He was the better player for the first set. I’ve played several semi-finals at Grand Slams before, but it’s not easy to walk on the court.”

“You have a lot of pressure and expectations from yourself and others. Cameron didn’t have much to lose, he is playing the tournament of his life. Playing at home is never easy, but I wish him all the best.” He is a great player and I have a lot of respect for him.”

The world No 3 is chasing his 21st Grand Slam title this fortnight as he looks to bridge the gap with 22-time major champion Rafael Nadal.

The 35-year-old will face Nick Kyrgios in a championship match on Sunday after Spaniard Nadal was forced to withdraw ahead of his semi-final meeting with the Australian. The 27-year-old Kyrgios leads Djokovic 2-0 in his ATP head-to-head series.

“One thing’s for sure, there’s going to be a lot of fireworks from both of us emotionally. It’s going to be her first Grand Slam final. She’s so excited’ and she doesn’t have much to lose and she always has.” He’s playing that way. He’s playing so freely, one of the biggest serves in the game. A great game overall, a lot of power in his shots,” Djokovic said of the final.

“We haven’t played for a while. I’ve never won a set from him. Hopefully, it might be different this time. It’s another final at Wimbledon, another tournament that I love dearly. Hope That experience can work in my favor,” he said.

Djokovic has now won 27 consecutive Wimbledon matches, his victory over ninth-seeded Nori propelling him to his 32nd Grand Slam final, claiming sole ownership of the all-time major final record ahead of Roger Federer (31). The Serbian also holds an 85–10 record at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, surpassing Jimmy Connors (84–18) to be second on the all-time list.

In an impressive first set, Nori showed little sign of nerves as he quickly found his boundary on center court. The Briton hammered his topspin forehand with precision while he threw Djokovic out of balance and errors with his flat backhand, breaking the lead three times in the first set.

Although Djokovic is used to the big opportunity, this is his 11th semi-final in the championship. The World No. 3 ramped up his intensity, displayed great touches from all walks of life and began searching for his spots as the tables turned level in the second set.

The veteran continued to attack in the third set, and went further to capitalize on the lack of power and depth of Nori’s groundstrokes. The 35-year-old fired off nine winners and made only four unforced errors in the set. The Serbian secured a decisive break at the start of the fourth set before he came on serve to seal the victory.

Djokovic improved to 2–0 in his ATP head-to-head series against Nori, who was competing in his first Grand Slam semi-final. The 26-year-old was the fourth British man to advance to the last four in SW19 in the Open Era, joining two-time champions Andy Murray, Tim Heineman and Roger Taylor.

Former world No 1 Murray remains the only British player to beat Djokovic at Wimbledon (2013 final), in which the Serbian has removed James Ward, Kyle Edmund, Jack Draper and Nori over the past six years.

Four-time Tour-level titleist Nori had never progressed past the third round at a Grand Slam before this fortnight. However, the ninth seed produced a series of impressive performances to defeat Pablo Andujar, Jaime Munar, Steve Johnson, Tommy Paul and Goffin on the London lawn.

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