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Novak Djokovic advanced to his eighth Wimbledon final, where he will Nick Kyrgios face after beating British tennis pro Cam Norrie 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 on Center Court on Friday.
After dropping the first set and looking frustrated with his performance, Djokovic began to find his game, winning the next two sets and leading 3-1 in the fourth.
But Norrie, the hometown favourite, battled back and came within a single game of the 20-time Grand Slam champion before eventually losing 6-4.
“I didn’t start well. The first set I was the better player,” Djokovic said during a post-match interview on Center Court. “Grand Slam semifinals … I’ve had a lot of semi-finals at Grand Slams in the past, but it’s never easy to go out on court. You have a lot of pressure and expectations from yourself and of course from others.’
Djokovic battled in the heat to get his way round of 16 at Wimbledon and his 32nd Grand Slam final, where he will face Australia’s Nick Kyrgios with hopes of winning his sixth All England Club title and a record 21st Grand Slam title.
Kyrgios who is in his first Grand Slam finalexpressed Friday that he was feeling nervous before Sunday’s game.
“I probably slept an hour with everything like the excitement,” Kyrgios said. “I had so much anxiety. I already felt so nervous and I don’t usually feel nervous.”
Kyrgios is 2-0 against Djokovic but knows Djokovic’s experience will be a factor in their match.
“That’s where Djokovic has the advantage from the beginning. He can draw on experience. He did it many more times. He knows what emotions he will feel. I don’t know,” Kyrgios said. “I don’t know anything like that, so … Everything was going through my head, every little thought, and I was sleeping really bad.”