32 Grand Slam finals: “Djoko” overtakes Federer!
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Does he like to be scared? After dropping the first two sets of his quarter-final against Jannik Sinner, Novak Djokovic completely missed the first act of his semi-final on Friday. But this time, the world number 3 recovered much more quickly to impose its law on the hero of an entire people. And this without having to play his best tennis, which gives an idea of his margin over his opponent.
Nervous, Djokovic erased his mistakes to regain control
Cameron Norrie will therefore finally have had time to believe it. While one could wonder if he really had the weapons to hinder Djokovic, he took the spectators from the Center Court with him for a set and a half (2-6, 3-3). He thus exploited the start of the game completely missed by his opponent, passive and without energy, as he was for a moment during his previous match. But the Serbian machine ended up getting going and the Briton couldn’t keep up.
By his grazing backhand trajectories and his length of the ball, his ability to get his opponent into a false rhythm, Norrie undeniably hampered an imprecise Djokovic. But returning to the court at the start of the second set, the Serb endeavored to erase his waste little by little and that was enough for him to take over the management of operations: from 12 unforced errors in the first set, he passed respectively at 5, 4 and 7 in the next three. By finding this level of concentration, he also served much better, from 55 to 78% of firsts from the first to the second act.
And Norrie, who had already dismissed several break points in his previous service games, ended up cracking in the 8th game of the second set (2-6, 5-3) and saw his hopes of a feat vanish. Dropped by his forehand, more and more feverish in the short game and on the smashes, the Briton conceded his third and fourth set entry engagement. The mass was said in front of solid Djokovic, although still nervous in the image of his recriminations with regard to certain spectators after the match point. He only has one more step to take now to win his 21st Grand Slam title and relaunch the race for records.
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