Novak Djokovic recovered from a shaky start, beating Cameron Nouri by four sets at Wimbledon on Friday to reach a record 32nd Grand Slam final, where he will play Nick Kyrgios. Serbia’s top seed broke three times in the first set but turned the tables on their British rivals in a dramatic way, winning 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 at Center Court Sunshine. Reached the eighth final. All England Club. The six-time Wimbledon champion’s new mark of 32 finals in the majors is a record for men’s tennis.
He is one ahead of Roger Federer and two ahead of Rafael Nadal, who were ruled out of the tournament with injuries on Thursday.
Djokovic said he was a better player in the first set.
“Salim’s Sammy, I played them a lot, but there’s always pressure, from within and outside.”
Djokovic and Nuri both quit the service when asked for the first time, and the mob offered voice support to the ninth seed.
But when Nouri quickly found his rhythm, Djokovic – apart from a brilliant “toner” lab – was strangely off-key, losing his service twice in the set, which Nouri sealed with an ace.
The Serb took only 55% of his first serve and made 12 unforced errors against his left-handed opponent in the opening set.
Djokovic looked more composed at the start of the second set, looking for more rhythm on his own and correcting mistakes.
In the eighth game, a break for the 35-year-old changed the color of the match, giving him a 5-3 lead.
It was part of an eight-game race for the 35-year-old, who took the second set and then took a 5-1 lead in the third, giving Noori a chance to climb the mountain.
Djokovic made a quick break again in the fourth set and did not give a single break point as he signaled victory.
Djokovic is now on track to win 27 matches at Wimbledon as he looks to win seven titles with Pete Sampras at the All England Club – just one behind Federer’s men’s record.
If he wins the title, he will overtake Federer to reach 21 Grand Slam titles and be just one behind Nadal in the race for the biggest title ever.
Djokovic already knows he will play 40th-ranked Kyrgios after Nadal left the tournament before the semi-final against Australia due to a stomach injury.
Kyrgios, 27, will play his first Grand Slam final but has a 2-0 record against Djokovic.
“The work is not over,” Djokovic said as he pursued his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title.
“One thing is for sure, there will be a lot of fireworks emotionally on both sides.
“He’s playing freely, it’s a great game and he has a lot of power in his shots. I’ve never won a set with him – hopefully this time it could be different. He has more to lose. There is nothing. “
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