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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Djokovic’s 27th consecutive Wimbledon win propels him into 8th final

Wimbledon, England ( Associated Press) — Novak Djokovic returned for the second straight time at Wimbledon on Friday, finding a deficit far less challenging, play much less possible.

Top seed Djokovic beat Britain’s ninth-ranked Cam Norie 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the semi-finals to register 27 consecutive wins at the All England Club. There follows a fourth straight championship.

On the hottest afternoon of the fortnight, with temperatures reaching 85 degrees Fahrenheit (30 Celsius) and the wind stabilizing, Djokovic started off slow and often looked annoyed, shaking his head or pointing to his guest box. . But unlike in the quarterfinals, when he lost the opening two sets against No. 10 seed Janik Sinar and won five, it took Djokovic little time to establish his dominance.

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When it ended, Djokovic curled his lips as if sending a kiss to someone in the stands who was supporting Nori during the match.

Djokovic will take on first-time finalist Nick Kyrgios for the trophy on Sunday. Australia’s 27-year-old unseeded Kyrgios did not need to play on Friday as 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal withdrew from the semi-finals due to a hamstring strain.

It will be Djokovic’s 32nd Grand Slam title match, breaking a tie for the men’s record shared with Roger Federer to lift the 35-year-old from Serbia to a 21st major title and seventh at Wimbledon. Only Federer, with eight, owns more in grass-court tournaments.

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In the women’s final on Saturday, Tunisia’s No. 3 Ons Jabur will face Kazakhstan’s No. 17 Elena Rybakina. It will be the first Wimbledon final between two women since 1962, both of whom are debuting in a major final.

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