British No. 1 Cameron Norrie was defeated 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 by six-time champion Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon semi-finals; Norrie wants “more” after making it to the final four and says his run has given him confidence; Djokovic will face Nick Kyrgios in Sunday’s final at SW19; and Norrie says his run has given him confidence.
Cameron Norrie hopes to win a Grand Slam after Novak Djokovic halted his “very sick” Wimbledon run in the semifinals.
British No. 1 Norrie, who has never previously advanced past the third round of a major, won the opening set against Djokovic on Friday but the 20-time Grand Slam champion rebounded to win in four and set up a Sunday meeting with Nick Kyrgios at SW19.
Norrie commented on his loss to six-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic, who has not lost at the All England Club since 2017 “I believe it was a positive experience to face him, especially given the caliber he brings to the table.
“It gives me a great deal of confidence, yet it is meaningless. I think I need to keep working hard. There are still many areas in which I can enhance my game.
“To reach the semifinals is insane. But I want to go one step farther and attempt to win a grand slam. This week, I had a great number of firsts and positive experiences. Hopefully, I’ll be able to take things in stride.
“Everyone supported me, and the atmosphere was electric. It was insane to serve out the match against (David) Goffin to advance to my first semifinal.
“I believe everything has occurred extremely swiftly. I will have a great deal of time to dwell on things. However, it is currently difficult to think about it too much.”
“I believe that Novak’s level of execution was just superior to mine. His level of concentration and approach to his service games were superior to mine.”
Norrie celebrated a break of service in the first game with a leaping fist pump, and the fans could hardly believe it when he won five consecutive games to take the first set.
Norrie believed that Djokovic’s jitters were more to blame for his loss in the first set than anything exceptional on his part, stating: “I believe I played well. I just filed numerous tax returns. My serve is accurate and precise.
“It was the most important game of my career. I would rate it a six out of ten. It was a wonderful beginning, but not enough.”
When asked if he feels Norrie can compete for his first Grand Slam, Djokovic responded: “Absolutely. He is an all-around player who is extremely professional.
“I am aware of his activities off the court. With this mentality, I believe you will always have opportunities.”
Djokovic extended his streak of consecutive victories on grass to 27 and became the first man to reach 32 Grand Slam finals.
The Serb continued, “I’m quite thrilled and pleased that I’m in a position to win the title.
“I didn’t start as well as I did in the most of my matches at Wimbledon; I didn’t feel so good in the beginning, I made numerous errors, and I just couldn’t find my rhythm.
“Both of us were beginning to feel anxious. He was the superior player during the first and a half sets.