For an hour on sunny center court, the Norrie-inspired ninth seed eclipsed the 20-time Grand Slam champion and looked capable of a huge upset in his first major semi-final.
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The partisan home crowd roared their approval as Norrie capitalized on a series of errors from Djokovic to win five successive matches and take the opening set.
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Djokovic, chasing a fourth straight Wimbledon title and seventh overall, quickly settled into his usual rhythm and gradually took the lead.
From the moment the Serb broke Norrie’s serve in the eighth game of the second set, it was largely one-way traffic.
Norrie fought hard in the fourth set as the crowd found their voice, but ultimately couldn’t resist Djokovic’s march to a men’s record 32nd Grand Slam final.
Australian Kyrgios, beaten in the semi-finals by the injured Spaniard Rafa Nadal, now stands between Djokovic, 35, and a 21st Grand Slam title.