We’ve reached the men’s semi-finals stage with our Wimbledon 2022 predictions and unfortunately only have one selection for today.
Rafael Nadal was forced to withdraw from his clash with Nick Kyrgios due to injury, denying him the chance to push for a 23rd grand slam title.
Kyrgios is through to his first major final and this is how we feel the other last-four match will go:
Novak Djokovic to beat Cameron Norrie 3-1 @ 3.8
Djokovic is on a 26-match winning streak at Wimbledon and if he brings his A-game, the Serbian superstar would almost certainly make short work of Norrie and breeze through in straight sets.
However, the six-time champion has had enough lapses in concentration over the past fortnight to make it worth backing the Brit to pinch a set as a value alternative.
It was 3-1 when Djokovic beat Kwon Soon-woo in round one and again when he got past Tim van Rijthoven at the last-16 stage, while he had to come from 2-0 down to see off Jannik Sinner in the quarter-finals.
The way in which the 35-year-old went through the gears to race through the next three sets 6-3 6-2 6-2 was an ominous warning to Norrie, but we’re hoping the Brit will be lifted by a strong home support and at least compete early on.
Norrie twice recovered from a set down to claim a 3-6 7-5 2-6 6-3 7-5 victory over Belgian David Goffin on a raucous Court One, highlighting how much he has matured mentally and physically.
The ninth seed was emotional after that victory, stating: “Just all the hard work and the sacrifices and everything kind of all hit me at once. The matches are getting bigger and the moments are getting more special.”
Asked if he can beat Djokovic, Norrie said: “I think it’s obviously one of the toughest tasks in tennis. I’d say grass is his favourite surface and his record is unbelievable here at Wimbledon, but I’m looking forward to taking it to him and seeing the level he brings.”
Djokovic has only lost one completed match at Wimbledon since he was beaten by Andy Murray in the 2013 final, so an upset is not expected, but let’s back Norrie to have his moments.
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