Novak Djokovic beats Cameron Norrie to reach Wimbledon final
This deficit was less daunting for Novak Djokovic. The tension less palpable. It's not that he wants to fall behind in matches, of course. It's that when he does, he knows how to deal with it
"It's amazing how the whole game can fall apart, really, just because you feel you're tense. Then no shots are really working properly. Your feet are static and slow," Djokovic said. "Something happens in a match, then all of a sudden it's completely different and you're flying. Everything flows."
The top-seeded Djokovic fashioned a second consecutive comeback victory at Wimbledon on Friday, beating No. 9 seed Cameron Norrie of Britain 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals to run his winning streak at the All England Club to 27 matches as he pursues a fourth straight championship on its grass courts.
"The more you experience these kind of situations, not the better you feel, but just more prepared you feel. You know what to expect," Djokovic said. "It's always really about handling your own nerves better than maybe your opponent is his own. This internal battle is always the greatest."
He will face first-time major finalist Nick Kyrgios for the trophy Sunday.
"The job," Djokovic said, "is not finished."
The unseeded Kyrgios, a combustible 27-year-old from Australia who drew jeers for the mere mention of his name during Djokovic's on-court interview, did not need to play Friday because 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal withdrew with a torn abdominal muscle.
"Mouth-watering" is how Kyrgios described the upcoming matchup.
He has won both previous meetings against Djokovic, although they were on hard courts five years ago.
"One thing is for sure," Djokovic said. "There's going to be a lot of fireworks, emotionally, from both.""
Djokovic's arrival at yet another Wimbledon final is far more expected than the presence of Kyrgios. But as the top-seeded Djokovic noted, his opponent Sunday has the talent to be in the spotlight.
"These are the occasions where he loves, where he thrives, in a big stage," Djokovic said. "So in a way it's also not surprise for me that he's there. Honestly, as a tennis fan, I'm glad that he's in the finals because he's got so much talent. Everyone was praising him when he came on the tour, expecting great things from him.