Novak Djokovic looks back on Wimbledon glory after Rafael Nadal exit | tennis news

LONDON: Novak Djokovic preparing for Friday Wimbledon semifinals against Cameron Norrie in the certainty that his greatest rival, Rafael Nadal, is no longer standing in the way of a 21st Grand Slam triumph.
The second-placed Spaniard was forced to withdraw ahead of his round of 16 game on Thursday Nick Kyrgios with an abdominal injury and admitted defeat in his race to be fit.
Nadal’s withdrawal robs the tournament of a blockbuster semi-final against Kyrgios that has been on the cards since the Australian beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in a moody third-round game.

Kyrgios will be on an enforced break ahead of Sunday’s final, while top seed Djokovic can now see the path to a fourth straight Wimbledon title ahead of him.
The Serb had to come back after two sets down against the tenth-placed Italian Jannik sinner in his quarterfinals on Tuesday.
But the 35-year-old finished the match looking fresh, even scoring an outrageous winner while doing the splits.

Djokovic is on a 26-game win streak at Wimbledon as he seeks to level with Pete Sampras in seven titles at the All England Club – just one behind Roger Federer’s men’s record.
He’s also bidding for a record-32. Reaching the Grand Slam singles final, which would put him ahead of Federer.
If he wins the title, he would reach 21 Grand Slam titles, moving past Federer and just one behind Nadal in the race to be crowned greatest of all time.
British ninth seed Norrie had never progressed past the third round of a Grand Slam before this year’s Wimbledon.

The 26-year-old has vowed to “take it with him” from Djokovic and hopes to ride a wave of home support, but he has a tough task ahead of him to topple the champion.
Djokovic, who defeated Norrie in their only previous meeting, is set for a partisan crowd.
“He doesn’t have much to lose for him,” he said. “Any win from now on is a big thing for him.
“I know that. But, you know, I’ve practiced a few times. I know his game well. he was there Of course I will do my homework and get ready.”
Kyrios will step on his heels on Friday as he is deprived of a chance to repeat his famous 2014 win over Nadal at Wimbledon, which the Spaniard avenged five years later.

The Australian drove through his round of 16 in straight sets against unseeded Chilean Cristian Garin and reached his first Grand Slam semi-final.
Kyrgios’ tournament was marked by stunning strokes, but also by his well-known on-pitch tirades – including demanding that Tsitsipas be thrown out of the championship for hitting a ball into the crowd.
The 40th-ranked player has been fined a total of $14,000 and now has the added distraction of an upcoming court appearance in Australia related to an allegation of assault.
But he said he was proud to have gotten this far at Wimbledon.
“I’ve obviously had thoughts over the last few years, year and a half, about whether I still wanted to play – lost love, lost fire, lost spark.
“Then some things changed in my life… I just rediscovered that I have a lot of people who want me to play, who I play for.
“I still have a lot in the tank. I feel like I’m probably playing my best tennis and feeling great mentally.”
Kyrgios, who has beaten Djokovic in both of his two encounters, will assess his chances whoever he plays against on Sunday.
In the meantime, he must watch and wait.

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