Novak Djokovic ended home favourite Cameron Norrie’s dream run to reach his eighth Wimbledon final.
On a sun-baked Centre Court, the Serbian defeated first-time Grand Slam semi-finalist Norrie 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.
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The six-time Wimbledon champion will face Nick Kyrgios in the championship match on Sunday after Rafael Nadal pulled out of his semi-final clash against Kyrgios due to an abdominal tear.
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The Australian leads Djokovic 2-0 in their head-to-head.
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“One thing for sure, there is going to be a lot of fireworks emotionally from both of us,” Djokovic said.
“It is going to be his first Grand Slam final. He is very excited and he doesn’t have much to lose and he is always playing like that.
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“He is playing so freely, one of the biggest serves in the game. Just a big game overall, a lot of power in his shots.
“We haven’t played for some time. I have never won a set off him. Hopefully it can be different this time.”
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The win over Norrie also saw Djokovic create a record for most number of Grand Slam finals in the Open Era: 32.
He has won 20 majors and is hoping to close the gap with Nadal, who hold the record with 22 Grand Slam singles titles.
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At 35 years and 49 days, Djokovic is the third player in the Open Era to reach the Wimbledon men’s singles final aged 35 or older – after Roger Federer and Ken Rosewall, who both reached two finals in London after turning 35.