While Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios enjoys a day off following Rafa Nadal’s withdrawal, Novak Djokovic will attempt to continue his Wimbledon giant against hometown hope Cameron Norrie in the solo men’s semi-final on Friday.
Kyrgios, 27, will have four days off before playing his first Grand Slam final against Djokovic or Norrie after his semi-final opponent Nadal was forced to withdraw due to an abdominal injury on Thursday.
Djokovic, a 20-time major winner, has not lost a match on the manicured turf of the All England Club since retiring mid-match with injury in the 2017 quarterfinal against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.
A win over Britain’s ninth seed Norrie would put the 35-year-old Djokovic into an unprecedented 32nd men’s Grand Slam final and keep his bid for a fourth successive title and seventh at Wimbledon alive.
If he lifts the trophy again, Djokovic will also move closer to closest rival and 22-time Grand Slam winner Nadal in the Grand Slam count.
But to get that chance, he’ll have to beat Norrie and a partisan Center Court crowd with the southpaw looking to become the first home finalist since Andy Murray won his second Wimbledon title in 2016.
Djokovic lost just three games against Norrie when the duo met in their only meeting in the group stage of the ATP Finals last year.
“We played indoors… we only had one game,” said the top-seeded Serbian. “Of course, different conditions, a different tournament (and) environment than it would be playing here at Wimbledon on Center Court, a slam semi-final in your country. I know what to expect…in terms of the crowd support.” .
“Again, for him, there is not much to lose. Every win from now on is a big deal for him. I know. But I practiced few times. I know his game well. He has been present. Of course I will do my homework.” . and get ready.”
Meanwhile, Nadal said that he was very sad to withdraw from the tournament due to a torn abdominal muscle.
It is the first time since 1931 that a man has withdrawn from the oldest Grand Slam tournament before a semi-final or final.
“I made my decision because I think I can’t win two matches under these circumstances,” Nadal told a news conference at the All England Club. “I can’t serve. It’s not just that I can’t serve at the right speed, it’s that I can’t do the normal movement to serve.”
Nadal said trying to continue competing could make the injury worse.
The only other time in his career that Nadal gave an opponent a pass by retiring from a Grand Slam tournament before a match was at the 2016 French Open, when he withdrew before the third round due to a leg injury. the left wrist.
Kyrgios, a 27-year-old Australian ranked No. 40, advanced to his first title match at a major tournament and becomes the first unseeded men’s finalist at Wimbledon since Mark Philippoussis, who lost to Roger Federer. in 2003.
“I hope your recovery goes well and we all hope to see you healthy soon,” Kyrgios wrote in an Instagram post addressed to Nadal.
It’s the third major of the year. The Wimbledon Championships will take place between Monday June 27 and Sunday July 10.
When are the Wimbledon finals?
The women’s singles final will take place on Saturday, July 9, as will the men’s doubles final.
The men’s singles final and women’s doubles final will take place on Sunday, July 10.
The mixed doubles final takes place earlier in the week, on Thursday, July 7.
Can I still buy tickets?
Of course. You’ve heard of the Wimbledon queue, right? You can show up at Wimbledon Park and wait patiently for a small number of Center Court, Court One or Court Two tickets to become available. However, you will have to queue from around 6am in the morning, if not earlier, to be lucky.
If you can’t access the exhibition courts, you can also purchase a day pass which gives you access to all dirt courts from #3 to #18. Prices start from £27. The All England Club will only accept cash on that day.
What television channel are the championships on?
You can watch the coverage on BBC One and Two during the fortnight, and on the red button. You can also follow Telegraph Sport’s daily coverage.
What is this year’s draw?
The official draw took place on June 24.
Who are the defending champions?
Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty both won the singles tournaments in 2021, but Barty will not return to defend his crown after unexpectedly retiring from tennis earlier this year.
seeds of men
Who got a wild card for SW19?
Serena Williams was given a wild card to compete for a record 24 major titles at Wimbledon, after nearly a year sidelined with injury.
The 40-year-old Williams last played a competitive match on center court at last year’s tournament, when she was forced to withdraw during the first round with a hamstring problem.
Unfortunately, however, SW19’s comeback was short-lived, as she lost in the first round to Harmony Tan in an epic contest. The American was defeated 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (7).
Men’s Single Wild Cards
Zizou Bergs (Bel), Liam Broady (GB), Jay Clarke (GB), Alastair Gray (GB), Paul Jubb (GB), Ryan Peniston (GB), Tim van Rijthoven (Holiday), Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland).
Women’s Singles Wild Cards
Katie Boulter (GB), Jodie Burrage (GB), Sonay Kartal (GB), Yuriko Miyazaki (GB), Daria Saville (Aus), Katie Swan (GB), Serena Williams (USA).
Men’s Doubles Wild Cards
Liam Broady (GB) / Jay Clarke (GB), Julian Cash (GB) / Henry Patten (GB), Alastair Gray (GB) / Ryan Peniiston (GB), Jonny O’Mara (GB) / Ken Skupski (GB).
Women’s Doubles Wild Cards
Naiktha Bains (GB) / Maia Lumsden (GB), Alicia Barnett (GB) / Olivia Nicholls (GB), Jodie Burrage (GB) / Eden Silva (GB), Harriet Dart (GB) / Heather Watson (GB), Sarah Beth Gray (GB) / Yuriko Miyazaki (GB), Sonay Kartal (GB) / Nell Miller (GB).
Mixed Double Wilds
Ivan Dodig (Cro) / Latisha Chan (Twn), Kyle Edmund (GB) / Olivia Nicholls (GB), Jamie Murray (GB) / Venus Williams (USA), Jonny O’Mara (GB) / Alicia Barnett ( GB).
Men’s Single Wildcard Wheelchair
Tokito Oda (Japan).
Women’s Single Wild Card Wheelchair
Momoko Ohtani (Japan).
Single Wildcard for Quad Wheelchair
Ymanitu Silva (Bra).
Anything new for the tournament?
Wimbledon is a 14-day tournament from this year, with matches played on ‘Middle Sunday’.
The first Sunday at Wimbledon is normally a rest day, with tournament organizers working to get the courts back in tip-top shape for the later rounds, resulting in the so-called ‘Manic Monday’ featuring the fourth round. Complete for both men and women. individual.
“Starting in 2022, coinciding with the centenary of Center Court, Mid Sunday will become a permanent part of the tournament calendar, making the Championships a 14-day event,” said All England Lawn Tennis Club President, Ian Hewitt, before the tournament.
“Thanks to the improvement in technology and maintenance of the grass courts over the last five years … we feel comfortable being able to take care of the courts, particularly Center Court, without a full day off.”
What are the latest odds?
Latest Men’s Champion Odds:
Novak Djokovic 1/4
Nick Kyrgios 2/11
Rafael Nadal 6/1
cameron norrie 1/25
Latest Women’s Champion Odds:
Simona Halep 10/11
Ons Jabeur 6/5
Elena Rybakina 11/2
Tatjana Maria 33/1