Wimbledon Diary Friday 8th July

Nadal upbeat but still cautious

Cameron Norrie (25/1 – Wimbledon outright) will be looking to join Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon final when the British number one faces Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals on Friday.

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Novak Djokovic v Cameron Norrie

There was plenty of drama on and off the court once again at SW19 on Wednesday, with the big news from the men’s competition that Rafael Nadal has been forced to withdraw from his semi-final against Kyrgios.

While a chronic foot problem has plagued Nadal in recent tournaments, it was an abdominal injury that has forced the Spaniard out of his last-four showdown.

The withdrawal means Australian Kyrgios is now into his first Grand Slam final and should be feeling fresh for his clash with either Djokovic or Norrie on Sunday.

Wednesday also saw the women’s final line-up confirmed, with Ons Jabeur and Elena Rybakina set to go toe-to-toe on Centre Court on Saturday (Rybakina 5/4, Jabeur 8/13 – Match Result).

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Tunisian star Jabeur secured a 6-2 3-6 6-1 win over Tatjana Maria, while Rybakina earned an impressive 6-3 6-3 victory against former champion Simona Halep.

It’s the single men’s semi-final that will take centre stage on Friday, with British hope Norrie going up against the world number one Djokovic (Djokovic 1/20, Norrie 8/1 – Match Result).

Norrie is fully aware of the size of the challenge ahead of him, as he looks to cause a major upset by beating the six-time SW19 champion.

“It’s going to be a tough one with his record here at Wimbledon,” Norrie told the BBC. “Obviously, grass is his favourite surface. I would say it’s one of the tougher tasks in tennis.”

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Author: Lucas Carlson