Wimbledon 2022 semi final live – Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie faces defending champion Novak Djokovic
N. Djokovic vs C. Norrie | Wimbledon
Men's Singles | Semifinal | 08.07.2022 | Centre Court
N. Djokovic (1)
C. Norrie (9)
MATCH REPORT - DJOKOVIC DOWNS NORRIE IN FOUR
The British No.1 made a superb start but in the end the top seed was just too strong.
Djokovic roars back to reach final and end Norrie's fairytale run
GAME, SET AND MATCH! – DJOKOVIC 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 NORRIE
It’s all over. The 20-time Grand Slam champion surges into a record 32nd major final after overcoming a first-set shocker to serve out a two hour and 34 minute contest to 30.
His bid for major No.21 and a seventh Wimbledon crown comes down to a Sunday showdown with the enigmatic Nick Kyrgios.
It wasn't to be for Cam Norrie, but what a tournament he has had to go so deep in a Slam for the first time.
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DJOKOVIC 2-6 6-3 6-2 5-4 NORRIE
Djokovic produces a mesmerising stun volley but then rifles two returns long. Norrie completes the hold to 15 and has one last chance to keep his dream alive.
The top seed and six-time champion will now serve for the match.
DJOKOVIC 2-6 6-3 6-2 5-3 NORRIE
How good was that? Djokovic refuses to give the crowd anything to use against him. He nails two aces down the T and thunders away a crisp forehand. After executing that winner he points to someone in the crowd and pumps his fist.
He’s one game from the final.
DJOKOVIC 2-6 6-3 6-2 4-3 NORRIE
There’s no doubt Norrie has got a second wind now but it may still be too late. He’s at least going down with a real fight and producing some of his best tennis. He chases down an acute angle on a Djoker volley to deliver a sublime pass from way off court. The Serb then flashes a forehand long and it’s a strong hold to 15 for the Brit.
DJOKOVIC 2-6 6-3 6-2 4-2 NORRIE
Norrie tries to channel the buzz of the crowd but Djokovic is having none of it. The Serb demonstrates that ridiculous elasticity to retrieve shots no other player can before sealing a dominant hold to love with an ace down the T.
DJOKOVIC 2-6 6-3 6-2 3-2 NORRIE
Superb hustle from Norrie! The British battler has been AWOL for some time now but he returns in the nick of time to just about stay in contention.
A bullet forehand to finish off a 1-2 punch and another brave strike up the line off the same wing fend off two break points.
Djokovic presses with more clinical tennis to conjure up BP 3 and 4 but again Cam refuses to cave. The No.9 seed sizzles a stunning backhand up the line before soaking up the roars of the home crowd with an emphatic smash.
DJOKOVIC 2-6 6-3 6-2 3-1 NORRIE
It’s like a serving masterclass. Norrie just can’t create anything to cause any sort of concern on the top seed’s service games. The Brit’s big day is rapidly heading towards a sour conclusion.
DJOKOVIC 2-6 6-3 6-2 2-1 NORRIE
That is badly needed. Djokovic lets up slightly and Norrie remembers he’s a fighter. He comes through the love hold to get on the board but is going to need to find gears he didn’t know he had to stop Nole now.
DJOKOVIC 2-6 6-3 6-2 2-0 NORRIE
Too good and perhaps too easy if you are being critical of Cam.
Djokovic does not have to break sweat as he easily consolidates. He’s had no trouble at all on serve since that opening set.
BREAK! – DJOKOVIC 2-6 6-3 6-2 1-0 NORRIE
Oh dear. Norrie needs a strong start but he unravels following a double fault at 30-0. Djoker applies some heat from deuce but it’s the Brit’s tired-looking movement, shot selection and execution which is his undoing as he floats a timid forehand long.
Djokovic has the early break and you sense there isn’t long left in this match.
SET! – DJOKOVIC 2-6 6-3 6-2 NORRIE
One set away! The six-time champion is trampling all over British dreams and has his sights set on a blockbuster final with Kyrgios.
It’s another ruthlessly efficient hold to 15 and it's hard to make a case for any sort of turnaround from Norrie from here.
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DJOKOVIC 2-6 6-3 5-2 NORRIE
It’s quite possibly too little, too late but may be a bit of a boost for Set 4.
Norrie tracks down a drop shot to prod a winner down the line at 30-30 before avoiding the breadstick with a well-timed, clutch serve.
It’s merely delaying the inevitable. Djokovic will serve for the set with the cushion of that double-break lead.
DJOKOVIC 2-6 6-3 5-1 NORRIE
It’s a subdued Centre Court crowd. Djokovic is bossing this in emphatic fashion. He quickly backs up the double break and is one game from hitting the front.
BREAK! – DJOKOVIC 2-6 6-3 4-1 NORRIE
It’s the double break and Norrie is on the canvas right now.
Djokovic is completely dominant in the rallies and forces a tired forehand error into the net to earn another break point. Norrie can’t resist and floats a backhand a whisker long to leave his third-set hopes going up in smoke.
DJOKOVIC 2-6 6-3 3-1 NORRIE
Nole may not be appreciating the support of the crowd but he does look rather comfortable at this juncture. He maintains his advantage with another routine game to 15. Norrie simply must do more on his return game if he’s to stand any chance.
DJOKOVIC 2-6 6-3 2-1 NORRIE
Norrie finally finds some of that first-set form and bellows ‘Come on!’ after every winner. He nails a pair off the forehand and glides away a simple volley before a big serve sees him close out the game to 15.
The crowd respond. They must play their role if Cam is to make a fight of this from here.
DJOKOVIC 2-6 6-3 2-0 NORRIE
The defending champion has the momentum right now and even enjoys the blessing of the net when a tight forehand clips the tape and dribbles over.
In contrast, Norrie’s game is collapsing, He lashes a smash way off court to finish the game as Djoker easily consolidates to love.