Novak Djokovic has been warned that Cameron Norrie isn’t “done yet” ahead of their Wimbledon semi-final. The British No 1 had never made it into the second week of a Gran Slam until this fortnight and overcame David Goffin in five sets to establish a Centre Court showdown with the defending champion. But former WTA world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki has sent Djokovic something of a caution before Friday’s match.
Each Djokovic and Norrie battled in five-setters to succeed in Friday’s semi-final, where the All England Club have gotten themselves a mouthwatering battle between six-time champion and British No 1 for a spot in the ultimate. It’s the ninth seed’s first-ever appearance within the second week of a Major, and 2018 Australian Open champion Wozniacki has admitted that she doesn’t think Norrie’s run will come to an end just yet.
“He has improved a lot over the past couple of years and has just made regular progress,” the retired pro told the BBC on Today at Wimbledon. “I like that his coach said ‘He desires to improve, I’m here to assist him every step of the best way so long as he wants it and we have now a terrific atmosphere within the team’.
“That is a few of a very powerful things, you could have to have a terrific team around you and an excellent atmosphere, the idea you possibly can do it.” While she thought the 26-year-old was about to face his hardest test of the tournament, she claimed Norrie had already proven his ability to fulfill every expectation as she warned Djokovic that his opponent wasn’t able to end his run within the semi-finals.
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It’s going to be Norrie’s second meeting with Djokovic after the Kiwi-born Brit made it into last yr’s ATP Finals as an alternate, losing to the world No 3 6-2 6-1 in what was his debut on the year-end tournament. However the top-ranked Brit is prepared for the challenge. Speaking after beating Goffin 3-6 7-5 2-6 6-3 7-5 he said: “Certainly one of the tougher tasks in tennis, but I will should definitely raise my level and lift my level of focus to have a shot with him.
“I believe obviously I actually have been playing great, but I believe there’s loads of things I can do higher. I believe it’s great I get a pair days now to fine-tune a couple of things and improve on loads of things and I will be ready for him.”