IT’S a BIG day for British tennis as Cameron Norrie faces Novak Djokovic in a huge semi-final on Centre Court at Wimbledon.
The winner will take on Nick Kyrgios on Sunday, who received a walkover into the final, after Rafael Nadal pulled out with an injury.
Nadal, 36, suffered a 7mm abdominal tear last week and he declared: “It doesn’t make sense to go on.
“I feel very sad to say that. I made my decision because I believe that I can’t win two matches under these circumstances.”
- Djokovic vs Norrie start time: 3.30pm (not before)
- TV/ live stream: BBC/ BBC iPlayer
- Venue: Centre Court, Wimbledon
- TODAY, 15:35Djokovic* 2-2 NorrieThe crowd love it!What a rally from both players – Djokovic brings Norrie in, who responds with a brilliant lob… only for Novak to do a hot-dog lob back through his legs and over Norrie, who runs back and keeps the ball in play only for Djokovic to put the drop volley away.We may not be seeing Kyrgios today but there is already some showboating, stunning tennis on display.Norrie recovers, though, and gets his serve going to hold.An important hold, too.
- TODAY, 15:27Djokovic* 1-1 NorrieDJOKOVIC BREAKS BACK!One in the net from each before Norrie pushes one wide and then nets to offer up two immediate break-back points…And a mid-court forehand slapped into net hands the advantage back.Two very poor service games so far.
- TODAY, 15:24Djokovic 0-1 Norrie*NORRIE BREAKS!Norrie gets the first point as Djokovic nets – and the crowd erupts!A nervy, stretching forehand then sails long from Novak.The perfect start for Cam!Another sluggish backhand into the net from the Serb gifts up two break points…AND NORRIE BREAKS IMMEDIATELY!He nails a perfect return up the line then has Djokovic scampering to the net before putting a gorgeous volley away into the space.What a start for the Brit!
- TODAY, 15:19Away we go thenNovak Djokovic to serve first.The top seed and defending champion knows he has the crowd fully against him today.
- TODAY, 15:18Sir Alex in the houseNorrie’s dad David is a huge Rangers fan.So he will no doubt have plenty of things to talk about with Glaswegian Sir Alex Ferguson.The former Manchester United boss is here at the All England Club…But he was not included on the Royal Box list – which is headlined by the Duke of Kent and James Bond actor Rami Malek and director Sam Mendes.
- TODAY, 15:09Getting the blood flowingThe Brit is ready and waiting in the Wimbledon corridor.He is shaking his arms and legs as he waits around for Djokovic.The nerves and excitement are building for me, so I dread to think how Cam is feeling.At least his nose won’t get sunburnt – he has got plenty of suncream on Nozza’s nose.The nation is behind you, Sir!
- TODAY, 15:05Dad’s watchful eyeCam’s dad David has just been on the BBC.He confirmed they went out for a coffee this morning and his son is feeling relaxed ahead of the biggest match of his life.”He’s got nothing to lose!” declares Norrie Sr.He will now be taking his spot in the Centre Court player box.
- TODAY, 15:00Nozza is nextThat’s right.Britain’s Cameron Norrie is next up on Centre Court.He takes on Novak Djokovic for a place in the Wimbledon final.
- TODAY, 14:57Norrie Knoll awaitsThe crowds have gathered on the hill.The baking SW19 heat and the prospect of a Brit in a Wimbledon semi-final are sure to make this an uncomfortable afternoon!Still, no one is complaining (much!).
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