For 32 minutes on a baking hot Centre Court, the dream of a British man once again reaching the Wimbledon singles final was well and truly alive. Cameron Norrie was clinical, Novak Djokovic out of sorts and the ninth seed threatened something very special as he stromed through the first set. The first seven games of the second were solid too.
But there’s a reason, plenty of them in fact, why Djokovic has now gone 1,822 days without a Wimbledon defeat. Any setback only appears temporary, punches taken never a knockout blow, and so it proved. He took his chance at the end of the second set and never looked back as the top seed eased to a 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 victory, Djokovic will walk out on Sunday as a Grand Slam finalist for the 32nd time, a record no male singles player in the history of the sport can match. That will be his eighth at Wimbledon. He will face a fresh Nick Kyrgios, who had a walkover in the semi-finals after Rafael Nadal’s abdominal injury curtailed the Spaniard’s calendar Slam bid.