Wimbledon 2022 LIVE RESULTS: Cameron Norrie takes on top seed Novak Djokovic in historic semi-final on Centre Court | The Sun

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: 2.30pm (not before)
  • TV/ live stream: BBC/ BBC iPlayer
  • Venue: Centre Court, Wimbledon

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  • Joshua Jones

    'Not the way I wanted'

    Here is his opening statement..

    Kyrgios: "It's not the way I wanted to get to the final. As a competitor, I really did want that match.

    "He's someone I've had so many good battles with each other.

    "I wanted to see how the third chapter here at his tournament went.

    "But it is exciting to have the chance to play for a Grand Slam."

  • Joshua Jones

    Here he comes…

    And now the Aussie has arrived!

    This could be very interesting.

    Let's see what Nick has to say – in his red baseball cap!

  • Joshua Jones

    Classic Kyrgios

    We just got a media announcement Nick Kyrgios would be five minutes EARLY and come in at 12.55pm instead of 1pm…

    Cue sudden rush to the room…

    It's now 1.01pm and no sign of him still.

  • Joshua Jones

    Kyrgios due in press

    Nick Kyrgios was expecting to play Rafael Nadal today.

    Instead he is about to head into the press conference room here at Wimbledon to speak to the media.

    Who knows what kind of Nick Kyrgios we will get today…

  • Etienne Fermie

    Billie Jean King Cup draw

    Emma Raducanu is set to face Elena Rybakina on Scottish soil this winter, writes SunSport's Rob Maul..

    World No23 Rybakina, 23, could be crowned Wimbledon champion on Saturday if she beats Tunisian Ons Jabeur on Centre Court.

    The Moscow-born Kazak will lead her country into Billie Jean King Cup Finals action against Britain at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena on November 8-13.

    No3 seeds Spain are the other nation drawn into Group C of the women’s team tennis competition.

    US Open champion Raducanu, 19, made her BJK Cup debut in Prague in April but her presence north of the border will be the focal point of the tournament and boost ticket sales.

    World No1 Iga Swiatek will spearhead Poland’s challenge against the Czech Republic and USA in Group D.

    Holders Russia and Belarus have been banned from appearing due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Murray on Norrie chances

    Andy Murray has pointed to Emma Raducanu's US Open victory when suggesting that Cam Norrie can upset the odds and beat Novak Djokovic this afternoon.

    The Scottish hero told the Standard: "We’ve seen some stuff in tennis over the last few years that no one expected, like with Emma.

    "Novak had a very tough match against Jannik Sinner [on Tuesday] which I don’t think many were expecting.

    “He came through it but it was tight and Cam is right up there with guys like Sinner right now in terms of ranking and results. It’s going to be close.

    “But the thing that you can guarantee with Cam is he will give himself the best opportunity to win because he will fight for every single point. He’s one of the best players in the world."

  • Etienne Fermie

    Norrie on tennis journey

    Cameron Norrie was reminded of his journey into pro tennis after beating David Goffin in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

    Ahead of his semi-final clash with Novak Djokovic, the Brit said: "Just all the hard work and the sacrifices and everything just kind of all hit me at once.

    "Especially the situation, you know, here at Wimbledon in front of my family, my friends, and obviously a lot of people following that match.

    "For me, just kind of thinking back, all the hard work, the sacrifices and everything, I kind of didn't really know what to say.

    "Got emotional there, and, just a crazy day and crazy match to get through, especially with the way that it started. That's the reason why you play the sport."

  • Etienne Fermie

    Ons Jabeur a trailblazer

    Wimbledon finalist Ons Jabeur is providing inspiration to millions around the world.

    As per the WTA, the 27-year-old is the first Tunisian to reach a WTA final, make a grand slam quarter-final, crack the top 50, win a WTA title, reach the top 10, become No2 in the world and reach a grand slam final.

    Jabeur will take on Elena Rybakina in Saturday's final.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Norrie aiming for history

    Cameron Norrie takes on Novak Djokovic this afternoon aiming to become just the second British male to reach a Wimbledon final in the open era.

    Only Andy Murray has achieved the feat, going on to win the Championships twice.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Final Henman thoughts

    Tim Henman wants Cameron Norrie to "embrace the occasion" against Novak Djokovic this afternoon.

    He told the BBC: "Just embrace the occasion.

    "To be in a Slam semi, playing at home at Centre Court at Wimbledon, go out there and enjoy it and give it your best shot and believe that you can do it."

  • Etienne Fermie

    Henman on Norrie key factor

    Tim Henman reckons that the home crowd can help Cam Norrie pull off an upset against Novak Djokovic this afternoon.

    He told the BBC: "One of the elements that Cam's got to use – and he did it well against Goffin – is the crowd.

    "Not only can it give him a big boost but we've seen that it can get under Djokovic's skin. That's going to be an important 12th man for Norrie."

  • Etienne Fermie

    More Henman on Norrie

    Tim Henman has urged Cameron Norrie to believe in himself as he takes on Novak Djokovic on Centre Court.

    Recalling his experience of losing to Pete Sampras at Wimbledon, Henman told the BBC: "It was a big step up, probably the most intense match of my life at that stage because it's magnified – you're a British player playing at home and we hadn't had a British player in the semis in the men's since 1973.

    "I was the underdog but I backed myself. I was playing great tennis and these were great conditions for me.

    "It was my favourite tournament, my favourite court to play on, so I had 100 per cent belief that I could go out there and win that match.

    "I think it's important that Cam definitely has that belief even though it's probably the toughest test on a grass court."

  • Etienne Fermie

    Henman offers Norrie advice

    Tim Henman has urged Cameron Norrie to "take risk" against nivak Djokovic this afternoon.

    The British former world No4 told the BBC: "He's a left-hander to start with, the variety in his serve is there and he's got two massively contrasting shots from the back of the court – he's got this heavy, really grippy topspin forehand and an incredibly flat, effective backhand.

    "Then you throw in his athletic ability, his movement. He's able to run all day, he makes few unforced errors from the back of the court. He's just a really tricky customer to play against.

    "Without Roger Federer being here, Djokovic is certainly the best grass-court player in the world. I think it's the ultimate challenge at Wimbledon to play Djokovic.

    "Norrie's got to take risks. He's got to look to be aggressive because we know that Djokovic has a lot of the same traits.

    "It's the toughest test on a grass court over five sets but Cam has got nothing to lose and a lot to gain."

  • Etienne Fermie

    Norrie describes Djokovic test

    British Wimbledon semi-finalist Cameron Norrie has described the task of facing Novak Djokovic this afternoon.

    He told the BBC: "It's going to be a tough one with his record here at Wimbledon.

    "Obviously, grass is his favourite surface. I would say [it's] one of the tougher tasks in tennis."

  • Etienne Fermie

    Rybakina on her nationality

    Russian-born Kazakh Wimbledon finalist Elena Rybakina was asked if she feels Russian or Kazakh amid her brilliant run to the final.

    She said: "I mean, it’s tough question. I was born in Russia, but of course I am representing Kazakhstan.

    "It’s already a long journey for me. I was playing Olympics, Fed Cup before. I got so much help and support.

    "I’m feeling just the support of the people and very happy to represent Kazakhstan because I think I’m also bringing some results, which are very good for the sport in Kazakhstan.

    "Yeah, for me it’s tough question just to say exactly what I feel."

  • Etienne Fermie

    Football star congratulates Wimbledon finalist

    Former Premier League star Radhi Jaidi has congratulated Ons Jabeur for reaching the Wimbledon final.

    Jabeur, 27, could become the first Arab woman to ever win a Grand Slam, and her Tunisian compatriot Jaidi is impressed with her achievements.

    Posting a picture of himself with Jabeur, the former Bolton, Birmingham and Southampton defender wrote: "Congratulations @Ons_Jabeur for this historic qualification.

    "Good luck for the final ! Tunisia is proud of you 🇹🇳💪🏾"

  • Etienne Fermie

    British star hails Rafael Nadal

    Liam Broady is still in awe that Rafael Nadal was able to beat Taylor Fritz with an abdominal tear.

    The British ace, who reached round three of this year's Championships, tweeted: "It’s sad there’s only one semi final now but Rafa winning in five with an ab tear?

    "🐐 behaviour I don’t think any other player in history could do what he did with that injury."

  • Etienne Fermie

    Tennis great responds to Rafa

    Martina Navratilova is gutted that Rafael Nadal has had to withdraw from Wimbledon.

    The 65-year-old tweeted: "Just so disappointed for @RafaelNadal.

    "Such a shame his body isn’t allowing him to continue – his spirit is unbreakable – hope he will be back soon- VAMOS Champ!!!

    "Class act all the way."

  • Etienne Fermie

    Kyrgios' brother reacts to Nadal

    Nick's Kyrgios' brother Christos has reacted to Rafael Nadal's Wimbledon withdrawal.

    The Spaniard's exit has handed Nick a place in his maiden Grand Slam final.

    Commenting on Instagram, Christos wrote: "Quick recovery to the warrior… but this is our time – let’s go!!"

  • Etienne Fermie

    UFC champ backing Nick Kyrgios

    Aussie UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanowski is backing his compatriot to win Wimbledon.

    Nick Kyrgios is through to the final at the Championships after Rafael Nadal withdrew from their semi-final.

    Commenting on Kyrgios' Instagram post wishing the Spaniard a speedy recovery, Volk wrote: "Let’s get it brother!!"

  • Etienne Fermie

    Kyrgios reacts to Nadal withdrawal

    Nick Kyrgios has reacted to Rafael Nadal's withdrawal from Wimbledon.

    The pair have endured a fractured relationship in the past, with the Aussie having repeatedly made digs at the 22-time Grand Slam winner in the past.

    But he responded in a more gracious manner on Instagram last night, writing: "different players, different personalities. @rafaelnadal.

    "I hope your recovery goes well and we all hope to see you healthy soon 🗣🙏🏽 till next time…."

  • James Orr

    Norrie grilling Andy Murray

    Cameron Norrie has been grilling Andy Murray on how to topple 20-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic.

    And two-time Wimbledon winner Murray says his fellow Brit has the ability to cause an upset against defending champion Djok in TODAY'S semi-final – which gets underway from 2.30pm!

    Norrie, 26, nicknamed Nozza by his mates, said: “Andy is not a bad guy to ask about some tactics.

    “He’s been super supportive to me and my team. I’m always practising with him and always reaching out to him for ideas.

    “Even before my quarter-final, he came over in the gym and said, ‘Good luck’.

    “Obviously he loves tennis, so he’s following everything and all the results. It’s pretty cool.”

  • Alex Cole

    New ground for Nick

    So Nick Kyrgios will play his first-ever Grand Slam final…

    Before he has ever played a Grand Slam semi-final.

    Credit: PA
  • Alex Cole

    Rafael Nadal is out of Wimbledon

    Just a reminder if you are just joining us, Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from Wimbledon.

    He tried his best to recover from the 7mm abdominal strain.

    But he called a press conference for 7.20pm this evening where he confirmed the gut-wrenching news.

    It means his semi-final opponent Nick Kyrgios gets a walkover to Sunday’s final.

  • Alex Cole

    Not looking for handouts, says Fritz

    As Rafa walks away from SW19, you've got to feel for Taylor Fritz, what a match from him but it wasn't enough to take down the legend.

    The 24-year-old was modest about the defeat and insists any "bye" into the semi-final would have been unjust.

    Fritz wrote on Instagram: "Nah not looking for handouts, if I couldn't beat him then I don't deserve to be in semis…simple as that."

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