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Wimbledon day nine: Norrie sets up semi-final showdown with Djokovic

Wimbledon day nine: Norrie sets up semi-final showdown with Djokovic
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Great Britain's Cameron Norrie sets up a semi-final showdown with reigning champion Novak Djokovic on day nine of the 2022 Wimbledon championships.

British number one Cameron Norrie produced a remarkable fightback to defeat David Goffin 3-6 7-5 2-6 6-3 7-5 and reach the semi-finals of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships.

A high unforced error count and low first-serve win percentage characterised Norrie's first set in front of the home crowd, and the British number one soon found himself a set and a break down.

Norrie soon began to look a bit more like his usual composed self on the court, and while Goffin managed to serve to stay in the second set once, he could not do a second time after sending a return from the Brit into the net.

The crowd was soon stunned into silence after Norrie's errors returned to hand Goffin a double break in the third set, and despite earning one break back himself, the Brit would go 2-1 down in the match with a whimper.

A crowd-inspired Norrie would break after a mammoth eighth game in the fourth set before holding to take the match all the way, and the Brit would edge a tight final set to spark jubilant scenes on Tuesday evening.

Norrie will now face men's number one seed Novak Djokovic, who was on the brink of a shock elimination from the tournament in the quarter-finals to 20-year-old Jannik Sinner, but the reigning champion came from two sets down to post an astonishing 5-7 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory.

With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watching on, Sinner initially struggled with his serve as Djokovic raced into an early 3-0 lead in the first set, but the Italian came storming back.

An uncharacteristic double fault from Djokovic saw Sinner break the champion's serve and level proceedings at 4-4, after which the Serbian was forced to save another break point before holding.

Sinner nevertheless broke once more and sealed the first set with a powerful serve that Djokovic could only return into the net, and the ruthless 10th seed capitalised on a number of Djokovic errors to draw first blood in set two.

A successful challenge from Sinner gave him the double break and the opportunity to serve for the second set, and the 20-year-old clinched it with aplomb - serving right into the corner as Djokovic returned long.

However, Djokovic - in a true champion's fashion - somehow sparked a magnificent turnaround in the third and fourth sets to set up a decider, and a flurry of aces saw him to match point before he held to love in his final game.

Tatjana Maria in action at Wimbledon on July 5, 2022© Reuters

Over on Court One at lunchtime, Tatjana Maria's remarkable success story continued with a 4-6 6-2 7-5 success over compatriot Jule Niemeier as she made the semi-finals after returning from two maternity breaks.

Thirty-four-year old Maria initially struggled to keep up with the pace and precision of a player 12 years her junior, and Niemeier needed just the one break straight away to take the first set.

The 22-year-old would seemingly be on her way to victory after breaking in the first game of the second set, but some error-strewn games allowed Maria to clinch a double break and move 3-1 up.

Maria would force a deciding third set against her compatriot, and the mother-of-two would avoid a tie-break as Niemeier netted from close range at match point before a warm embrace between the two Germans.

The highest-ranked top seed left in the women's tournament, Ons Jabeur, would close the day on centre court against Marie Bouzkova, and she also recovered from a slow start to win 3-6 6-1 6-1.

Bouzkova stunned the crowd with a wonderful showing in the first set against the third seed, who immediately broke back at the start of the second to make things interesting against the 23-year-old.

Jabeur would quickly consign the first set to history as she dropped just two games in the second and third sets on her way to a maiden semi-final at SW19, becoming the first Arab woman to do so.

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Cameron Norrie in action at Wimbledon on July 3, 2022
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