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Cameron Norrie meets Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, Nick Kyrgios comes into the final

Britain's No.1 Cameron Norrie is ready to take on Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon semifinals, while Nick Kyrgios earned a free-kick into the final after Rafael Nadal pulled out through injury. (Author: Gardener)

Cameron NorrieBritain's No.1 Cameron Norrie is ready to take on Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon semifinals, while Nick Kyrgios earned a free-kick into the final after Rafael Nadal pulled out through injury. Norrie is the only British man, along with Andy Murray, Tim Henman and Roger Taylor, to have reached the All England Club singles semifinals in the Open Era. Norrie, currently Britain's No. 1, now faces what he believes will be the ultimate test at Wimbledon - a battle against world No. 3 who is attempting to win a fourth straight title. The other semi-final between Kyrgios and Nadal was scheduled to take place on Center Court on Friday as runners-up. However, Nadal announced on Thursday night that he was forced to withdraw from the tournament. The Spaniard fought heroically through a quarter-final lasting four hours and 21 minutes against Taylor Fritz but made the tough decision not to play after a scan and practice session on Thursday. The British No.1 broke new ground at Wimbledon this year after progressing through the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time. It's safe to say that Norrie, who has won a string of titles on the ATP Tour, must have been troubled by his record at the majors and is now enjoying an extended run at a Slam. At his home slam, Norrie draws strength from the solid team he has around him and does things his way, like cycling to and from the All England Club at his house. Norrie's initial reaction to Djokovic in the semifinals was positive and there is no doubt that the crowd on Center Court will be behind him, just like the crowd on the No. 1 court on Tuesday. The British No.1 is also aware of the record held by his Serbian opponent on Center Court - Djokovic hasn't lost on Main Show Court since Andy Murray beat him in the 2013 final - but Norrie is not worried. "This is of course one of the toughest tasks in tennis," said Norrie. The last time I played him was in Turin, at another big tournament. "I'm going to do it a bit differently tactically. It's going to be a good challenge and I'm ready for it." In the days between his quarter-finals and semi-finals, Norrie said he'd probably reach out to Murray to 'see what he's got' about the world No. 3 and why wouldn't you? Murray is one of the few who could beat Djokovic at Wimbledon. In addition to refining his tactical approach, Norrie will need to figure out how to start faster than he did in the quarterfinals. There is little or no time for that against Djokovic. Whether it's speeding things up, slowing them down or doing some mental exercises like talking to himself in his locker, Norrie has to nail it from the first ball on Friday. Djokovic himself knows all about the effects of self-talk, having shared that a "pep talk" during a toilet break turned his quarter-final clash against Jannik Sinner. After losing the first two sets, the world No. 3 won sets three, four and five 6-3 6-2 6-2 to reach his 11th Wimbledon semi-final. The fact that Djokovic has now been through this period of contention is ominous for Norrie because the Serb knows exactly what to do at this stage of a Major. Unlike the Brit, nothing of what comes on Friday will be new for Djokovic. What's new, however, is that he's back in a big knockout game against a Brit at Wimbledon and that's something Djokovic has already addressed in his mind. "We played indoors at the ATP Tour final [last time]," he said, "of course it's different conditions, a different tournament and a different environment than here in Wimbledon on Center Court in the semi-finals of a slam in his country Djokovic is aiming to reach his eighth Wimbledon final and become the third player in the Open Era to reach the Wimbledon men's singles final aged at least 35.Meanwhile, Norrie will aim to become just the second Briton in the Open Era to reach the final Wimbledon final Nadal looked dismayed on Thursday night when he announced he had to retire due to injury, while his family gestured during his lengthy semifinals that he should because of his stomach problems. His fighting spirit and determination drove him on and to victory. After a scan on Thursday and time on the practice grounds at the All Engl and Club announced Nadal's decision earlier in the evening. As a result, there will be no 10th meeting between Nadal and Kyrgios and the Australian, ranked at No. 40 in the world, is now the lowest and first unseeded Wimbledon men's finalist since Mark Philippoussis in 2003. Kyrgios' tournament, like his tennis game, is tough. Out-of-court legal matters are ongoing in Australia and while he was on trial at the All England Club he has made headlines for both negative and positive reasons. Kyrgios is solely focused on his tennis and has the all-around game to trouble the best in the game, Daniela Hantuchova told Sky Sports. "From a tennis point of view, it's just crazy what he can do on a court," said Hantuchova. "I had the chance to play an exhibition with him in the same team and I was amazed every time he entered a court, what he can do and what he can do. Kyrgios will now have to wait a long time before he has his first grand Slam Final Gets Career which takes place on Sunday and you can expect it to be watching the match between Norrie and Djokovic with keen interest Join us on our daily live blog via skysports.com/tennis or our Twitter Account @ skysporttennis & Sky Sports - on the way!

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Ismael Bennacer declares the exit while William Gallas makes a top 4 prediction

Mikel Arteta's Arsenal have already made four signings this summer window with the permanent signings of Gabriel Jesus, Marquinhos, Matt Turner and Fabio Vieira (Author: Gardener)

Ismael BennacerMikel Arteta's Arsenal have already completed four signings this summer window with permanent signings of Gabriel Jesus, Marqunihos, Matt Turner and Fabio Vieira. AC Milan's Ismael Bennacer has been linked with a return to Arsenal on Friday night when they meet German side Nuremberg as part of their Germany training camp. The Gunners started their pre-season campaign with a 5-1 win over Ipswich last Saturday and will soon travel to America for friendlies against Everton, Orlando City and Chelsea. Mikel Arteta's side have already made four signings this summer with the permanent signings of Gabriel Jesus, Marqunihos, Matt Turner and Fabio Vieira, but more are likely to follow. Mirror Sport have the latest Arsenal transfer gossip and a season prediction from a former Gunners captain. The Gunners have been credited with transfer interests in Ismael Bennacer, the Algerian midfielder for AC Milan who helped Milan win the Serie A title last season. Bennacer spent two years with the Gunners between 2015 and 2017 but never played a Premier League game for the club. His only appearance was an EFL Cup loss to Sheffield Wednesday. London have claimed Bennacer could be the subject of a £34m bid from Arsenal to re-sign the midfielder who helped Milan win the Serie A title two months ago. Would Ismael Bennacer be a good signing for Arsenal? Former Gunners captain William Gallas expects another of his former clubs, Tottenham, to challenge the sides above them in the Premier League next season. However, he also expects fourth place to be contested like last season between north London rivals Spurs and Arsenal. Arsenal missed out on their Champions League return last season after being narrowly relegated to fourth place by Spurs. The Gunners' return to European football saw them take part in next season's Europa League alongside Manchester United. Speaking to Metro, when asked who will make the top four, Gallas said: "I don't want to, but I have to put [Manchester] City because they look like they're going to be very strong. French media outlet Media Foot have claimed the Gunners will beat Newcastle United this summer to sign Lyon playmaker and Brazil international Lucas Paqueta. Arsenal are reportedly set to do it, despite the Magpies having made a £34million bid to sign Paqueta, who is close friends with Newcastle's Bruno Guimaraes and a former team-mate at the club, are trying to persuade Paqueta to move to the Emirates Stadium instead. Of the Gunners' four signings this summer, two were Brazilians, with Arsenal winger Marquinhos and striker Gabriel Jesus signed from Sao Paulo and Manchester City respectively.

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Smith warns £45m Jesus he will be challenged by 'unplayable' Arsenal striker next season

"I like him. He's a player who deviates from the seats but the idea is to field a bigger squad." (Author: Gardener)

SmithAlan Smith has warned ex-Man City striker Gabriel Jesus he will be challenged by Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli next season. Jesus signed for Arsenal from Manchester City ahead of the 2022/23 season. He is understood to have joined the Gunners for around £45million. The forward recorded eight goals and eight assists in 28 league games last season as Man City retained the Premier League. Arsenal: From the Invincibles to a club with no chance of winning the Premier League again Martinelli joined Arsenal in 2019 from Ituano. He performed well for them last year as he was involved in 12 goals in the league. Smith played over 250 times for the Gunners between 1987 and 1995. He believes Martinelli was 'unplayable' at points last season: "There were times towards the end of last season when he was playing at left flank when Martinelli was unplayable and a lot of people are wondering if he will be one in the next few years option in the middle," Smith told 888 (via The Mirror). He's a player who strays from the seats but the idea is to make a bigger squad so he can be rested and sometimes pulled off the team to sit on the bench. Elsewhere, Paul Merson believes Arsenal need Sergej Milinkovic-Savic 'now more than ever': But Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is the player I would go for," Merson wrote for the Daily Star. “Arsenal need a quality midfielder now more than ever to compete with the best. And I think Savic is a lovely player. A really first class player. "From the way he played for Lazio last season, I personally think he's the best midfielder in Italy. I think a lot of clubs are missing a trick.” Article Smith warns £45m Jesus he will be challenged by an “unplayable” Arsenal forward next season appeared first on Football365.com.

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Wilshere loves Arsenal and the fans adore him

Jack Wilshere's short-lived career is a tragic tale of unfulfillment, but also one to celebrate. Arsenal fans don't have many club legends to c (Author: Gardener)

Jack Wilshere'sJack Wilshere's short-lived career is a tragic tale of unfulfillment, but also one to celebrate. Arsenal fans haven't had many club legends to celebrate since the 'Invinicble' era of 2004 - and yet Wilshere can still call himself one of the most popular players in Gunners history alongside Thierry Henry and Dennis Begkamp. And that despite the fact that he announced on Friday that his once so promising career will unfortunately end at the age of 30. Injuries denied Arsenal fans the full potential of one of their most talented academy products - and in truth, the end had come to sight for Wilshere well before he left the Gunners in 2018. Still, his brilliant flashes and deep connection with the North Londoners ensure fans will always look back on his career with fond memories. Wilshere remains the youngest-ever player for Arsenal in the Premier League, having made his debut aged 16 years and 256 days in 2008. Dizzying heights were expected of the silky midfielder, who wowed fans and teammates alike with his impressive skills from an early age. Arsenal legend Ray Parlor recently recalled his early days in first-team training: “There were two players that stood out for me, Fabregas was one and then Wilshere. "He was just a little kid but he wasn't phased by Thierry Henry or [Robert] Pires or guys like that, so I thought, 'This kid is going to be very, very good'. “The thing is, when you're 14 and playing with such good players you're going to be nervous, but he wasn't, he looked like he hadn't phased at 14. “You knew straight away he had a lot of talent, he had a lot to learn, improve as a player and can he handle the big occasion what he could. "I was like, 'This boy is going to go all the way,' which he did, he ended up in the side [at 16]." 16 February 2011 was the night that Wilshere truly introduced himself to world football with a sensational performance against Barcelona in a vibrant Champions League showdown at the Emirates. Wilshere, then just 19, ran the show for Arsenal in the middle of the park as late goals from Robin van Persie and Andrey Arshavin sealed a memorable 2-1 win on home soil. Speaking to Drive about the game, Wilshere said: "Up until then I'd played pretty much every game. Played in the group stages and the Premier League but that was definitely a step up to all of that. “I remember there was a minute into the game and I slipped, I think it was on Iniesta, and won it and then took it past Busquets. "I just felt the crowd lift and I upped my game from there." Arsene Wenger famously adored Wilshere - so it's only fitting that he was involved in what is arguably the Arsenal manager's finest goal. Seventeen years after Wenger landed in London in 1996, 'Wengerball' peaked in 2013 with one of the game's biggest team goals against Norwich. Kieran Gibbs carried the ball harmlessly into Norwich half and handed it to Santi Cazorla on the left touchline, and the Spaniard quickly decided it was time to get the party started. Coming in to find Wilshere he was quickly returned the ball which he immediately sent to Giroud on the edge of the box. The World Cup winner decided to have some fun with the pass and with his delightful touch sent it off the side of his boot and back to Wilshere for the first time. Wilshere then decided to improve on the Frenchman's exceptional technique, flicking up his left boot on the run and throwing the ball back where it came from. Not to be beaten, Giroud opted to keep the outside of his boot warm and fertilize the return through a yellow crowd of four to allow Wilshere to deftly lead to his career goal. In fact, Wilshere became the first player in Premier League history to win goal of the season twice in a row. What does Wilshere think of Tottenham? From the day he conducted Arsenal's famous chant from an open-top bus to his recent guest appearances on talkSPORT, those feelings have endured. But Gunners fans will never forget the moment he really cemented his place in club folklore at the 2015 FA Cup Victory Parade. In front of thousands, Wilshere grabbed the mic and asked the crowd what they thought of Tottenham before quite predictably getting her opinion on "s***". It led to a chorus of "It happened again" - and Wilshere was officially crowned a legend. The 30-year-old was part of the Arsenal side that ended their long trophy drought with back-to-back FA Cup triumphs in 2014 and 2015. His career highlights included traveling to the 2014 World Cup with England, where he won 34 caps for his country. Though his career was cut short most would be content with his in-game performances. At talkSPORT we decided last year to put this to the ultimate test. A probably quite warm Wilshere wears many, many different football shirts in the studio, all at the same time. Because it was Football Shirt Friday and Wilshere was there for the cause. To get the message across, Wilshere attempted to set a new Guinness World Record for most football shirts worn at the same time. Little did he know talkSPORT host Andy Goldstein decided to throw in a massive, rooster-shaped wrench at work. The presenter convinced Wilshere that the only way to break the record was by donning a Spurs shirt, which the childhood Gooner vehemently refused. Wilshere's biggest regret is leaving Arsenal, despite spending years on the sidelines before joining West Ham in 2018. A rare breed, Wilshere seem more committed to a single club than to the game itself - and we mean that in the best possible sense. His return to Arsenal in training without a club and his new role as Under-18s coach, which will soon be announced, shows just how much the Gunners mean to him. When asked what he would do if Spurs ever won the Premier League title, Wilshere provided the perfect answer earlier this month.

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Heartbreak for Cameron Norrie as he loses semifinals to Novak Djokovic

It's the 32nd time Djokovic has reached a Grand Slam final, but he said the "job isn't finished yet". (Author: Gardener)

Cameron NorrieHopes of a British player in Wimbledon men's singles final are over after Cameron Norrie lost to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. The ninth seed lost to the favorite in four sets despite being urged to victory by a cheering crowd on Center Court. Djokovic will now face Nick Kyrgios in Sunday's final after his semi-final opponent Rafael Nadal was eliminated through injury. "I didn't start well, [Norrie] was the better player for the first set," Djokovic said after his win. “I've had a lot of semi-final Grand Slams in the past, but it's never easy to get on the court. This is the 32nd time Djokovic has reached a Grand Slam final but he said the "job isn't finished yet". Speaking about his upcoming game against Kyrgios, the Serb said: "One thing is for sure, there will be emotional fireworks from both of us. "It's going to be his first Grand Slam final, obviously he's very, very excited and he doesn't have much to lose and he always plays like that. Norrie wanted to become the first British player to reach the Wimbledon final since Andy Murray won in 2016. He got off to the perfect start with a break of serve in the first game of the game and caused a huge roar from the crowd when he punched with a fist bounced but Norrie continued to break the top seed twice more to take the opener 6-2. The second set was much closer until Norrie slipped on the court and lost form with Djokovic winning 6-3. Djokovic then broke Norrie again at the start of the third set. and won it 6-2. Norrie fought back admirably in the fourth set but Djokovic faltered to win 6-4. After the final non-refundable serve at match point, Djokovic turned to a group of spectators and blew them kisses. earning a chorus of boos before celebrating reaching an eighth Wimbledon final comes after Britain's Alfie Hewett tied Wimbledon with a remarkable comeback and reached his first men's wheelchair singles final. The crowd on Court One exploded as Hewett staged his extraordinary turnaround, defeating Argentina's Gustavo Fernandez 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4. "It was incredible - I've never experienced anything like it," said the 24-year-old in an emotional on-court interview. After his quarter-final win on Thursday, Hewett said he was disappointed that court 14 was played instead of a "show" court. "I actually slept at 9:30 last night and I kept getting calls from the referee," Hewett said.

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Novak Djokovic ends Cameron Norrie's hopes of reaching the final against Nick Kyrgios

Defending champion Novak Djokovic ended Britain's Cameron Norrie's Wimbledon dreams to reach Sunday's final, where he is aiming to win a seventh title when he takes on Nick Kyrgios. (Author: Gardener)

Cameron Norrie'sDefending champion Novak Djokovic ended Britain's Cameron Norrie's Wimbledon dreams to reach Sunday's final, where he is aiming to win a seventh title when he takes on Nick Kyrgios. Looking to become the second Brit in the Open Era to reach the Wimbledon final alongside Andy Murray, Norrie made the perfect start by rolling over Djokovic to win the first set. But Djokovic showed why he hasn't lost a match on center court in nine years, hitting back to win 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 and stay on course for his fourth consecutive titles at the All England Club. Six-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic has extended his streak of consecutive turf wins to 27, becoming the first man to reach 32 Grand Slam finals while losing just one of his last 19 Slam semifinals. Djokovic has won at least one Grand Slam title every year since 2010 - and usually two or three - with the exception of 2017 when he was plagued by elbow problems. However, he arrived at Wimbledon knowing it would likely be his last chance of the season as a Covid-19 vaccination card is still a requirement for entry into the United States. So, despite the Serb's experience, it was a huge match and it was certainly him who seemed the more nervous in the early stages. A tremendous roar erupted as Norrie, who had won just three games in their only last meeting last year, won the first point on serve, and the British no. The 26-year-old's career. Djokovic didn't react in the same way as he immediately retrieved the break but the top seed failed to sit, his normally watertight groundstrokes flying long or into the net. The crowd was in disbelief as Norrie won five straight games to win the opener, but the early signs in the second were that Djokovic had stabilized. The pressure mounted as Norrie secured break points in games four and six and a volley missed from above at net at 3-4 was the brief error Djokovic needed to seize the initiative. Unlike Jannik Sinner, who held Djokovic by two sets in the quarter-finals, Norrie does not possess a major weapon and with the defending champion now purring from the baseline it was difficult for the Brit to find a bright spot. Another break of serve early in the fourth set brought Djokovic a step closer and although Norrie fought manfully to stay in touch and received huge applause as he saved four break points in game five, the Serb's serve kept him out of reach . After a final non-refundable serve at match point, Djokovic turned to a group of spectators who shouted and flew away with a verbal volley, drawing a chorus of boos before celebrating reaching another final here. Australia's Kyrgios, who was given a day off by injured Spaniard Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final, now stands between 35-year-old Djokovic and a 21st Grand Slam title.

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Cameron Norrie leaves Wimbledon after a semi-final defeat to a standing ovation

The game will be shown to fans on Court 2 after the mound has reached full capacity as Norrie fever sweeps SW19 (Author: Gardener)

Cameron NorrieCameron Norrie's hopes of becoming the first Brit to reach the Wimbledon final in six years were dashed on Friday when he was defeated by 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic. But a roaring crowd gave the British No. 1 a standing ovation as he left Center Court, while Djokovic was booed as he blew kisses at his fans. In his post-game press conference, Norrie said he was "proud" of his performance and paid tribute to his fans. "I think it's probably the first time in this country, here and around Wimbledon, that people have gotten to know me a little bit better and how I play, how I work on the pitch. I think it gave a lot of people something to cheer about. He said he was relaxing by "hanging out" with his best friend from New Zealand, who spent two days flying to Britain after promising to support him if he reached the semi-finals. Meanwhile, Djokovic was being questioned about the end of the game when he was seemingly booed after blowing kisses at the crowd. Earlier, thousands cheered and jumped to their feet as Norrie, 26, took over the first set while his parents, David and Helen, and his girlfriend, Louise Jacobi, looked on. But in a tense two-and-a-half hour battle in 29C, six-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic fought back to win 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4. The 15,000 crowd supported the last Briton in the tournament and chanted ' Norrie, Norrie, Norrie, oi, oi, oi,” and afterwards the fans said they were proud of his achievement. "Norrie put up a really good fight against one of the greatest players of all time. He made this country proud," said James O'Brien, watching from the stands. Eventually he faced Djokovic who was unstoppable but Norrie should be proud of his effort.” Djokovic praised Norrie, who had never progressed past the third round of a Grand Slam before, in his on-court interview. "I didn't start well and he was the better player for the first set," he said. “Cameron didn't have much to lose, he's playing the tournament of his life. He's a great player and I have a lot of respect for him.” Crowds queued for tickets on Friday morning, excited to see a Brit in the semi-finals. Norrie fever hit SW19 leading up to the game and security had to close the mound after it had reached full capacity. Wimbledon bosses then decided to show the game on Court No. 2 to please the turned away viewers. Australia's Nick Kyrgios, who had already reached the final, previously addressed Norrie when asked about the possibility of playing him there. Cameron Norrie's growth is insane. "Now he's a semi-finalist at Wimbledon and we have the chance to play each other in a Grand Slam is just crazy." Two-time Wimbledon winner Andy Murray also praised Norrie: "He's a great professional, gets the best out of his game and he and his team have worked extremely hard to get him to this position." Norrie is the first Briton , who has reached the finals since 2016 when Murray defeated Canadian Milos Raonic. Born in South Africa to a Scottish father and Welsh mother, Norrie grew up in New Zealand before attending college in the United States. His mother has previously shared how Norrie started playing tennis as a young child with a repurposed squash racquet after introducing him to the sport.

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Cameron Norrie determined to be back after losing first Grand Slam semifinal

The British no. 1 won the opening set but lost 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 to defending champion Novak Djokovic. (Author: Gardener)

Cameron NorrieCameron Norrie was proud of his 'sick' run at Wimbledon but wanted more after a semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic. The British number one, who had never progressed past the third round of a Grand Slam before, had taken full advantage of a favorable draw to become only the fourth home player in the Open era to reach the last four in men's singles at SW19. But trying to beat Djokovic, who hasn't lost a match at Wimbledon since 2017, was a whole different challenge and although Norrie made an excellent start the top seed hit back forcefully to win 2-6, 6-3, 6-6. 2, 6-4 and set up a delicious final against Nick Kyrgios on Sunday. Norrie said: "I think it was obviously a good experience to play against him. Above all, the level he brings with him here at Wimbledon. I think I have to keep working hard and I still have a lot of things I can improve in my game. Getting to the semifinals, getting to Friday of week two is pretty sick. But I want to do more of that and go one step further and try to win a slam. “Many firsts for me this week, many good experiences. Compared to Novak it was just the execution level of him better than mine today in my opinion. His concentration, the way he handled his service games was better than me." Djokovic has won at least one Grand Slam title every year since 2010 - and mostly two or three - with the exception of 2017, when he was plagued by elbow problems. However, he arrived at Wimbledon knowing it would likely be his last chance of the season after being deported from Australia and losing in the quarter-finals at the French Open, and with a Covid-19 vaccination record, which is still a requirement for entry into the United States is States. So, despite the Serb's experience, it was a huge match and it was certainly him who seemed the more nervous in the early stages. Norrie celebrated a break of serve with a leaping fist in the opening game and the crowd could hardly believe it as he won five games in a row to decide the opening set. Djokovic's usually flawless groundstrokes flew long or into the net, but the top seed settled early in the second set and a break of serve from Norrie in game eight proved a turning point. The British no. 1 fought hard in the fourth set to get back in the match but Djokovic's serve kept him at a distance. Norrie felt that the result of the first set was more down to Djokovic's nerves than anything spectacular from himself, saying: "I think I played OK. I just made a lot of returns. I think it was a six out of 10 set. It was a good start, but it wasn't enough.” Norrie, seeded ninth, was most proud of being able to survive matches in which he was the favorite. "To come here, quite a lot, a lot of expectations from everyone across the country - and from me in particular," he said. "Getting through the draw the way I did, dealing with the opportunities to play Center Court, play Court One and play against guys I actually like best to beat. Especially serving up that game against (David) Goffin to make my first semifinal was pretty crazy. “I think it all happened very quickly. I will have plenty of time to think about everything. But it's difficult to think about it too much at the moment." Six-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic has extended his streak of consecutive turf wins to 27, becoming the first man to reach 32 Grand Slam finals while winning just one of his last 19 Lost Slam semifinals. Ahead of his eighth Wimbledon final, the Serb said: "Obviously I'm very happy and I'm happy to put myself in a position to win the trophy. "I didn't start as well as in most of my matches here in Wimbledon, I didn't feel so good at the beginning. A lot of mistakes. He handled them better and was a better player for a set and a half. “A poor play from his side at 4-3 in the second set, the match turned. I know I always expect myself to be able to play better than I did. But I have to be happy about this win." Djokovic backed Norrie to have more chances of reaching a Grand Slam final, saying: "Definitely. With that kind of approach, I have a feeling you'll always get chances."

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Cameron Norrie vows to return after losing first Grand Slam semifinal

The British no. 1 won the opening set but lost 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 to defending champion Novak Djokovic. (Author: Gardener)

Cameron NorrieThe British number one, who had never progressed past the third round of a Grand Slam before, had taken full advantage of a favorable draw to become only the fourth home player in the Open era to reach the last four in men's singles at SW19. But trying to beat Djokovic, who hasn't lost a match at Wimbledon since 2017, was a whole different challenge and although Norrie made an excellent start the top seed hit back forcefully to win 2-6, 6-3, 6-6. 2, 6-4 and set up a delicious final against Nick Kyrgios on Sunday. Norrie said: "I think it was obviously a good experience to play against him. Above all, the level he brings with him here at Wimbledon. I think I have to keep working hard and I still have a lot of things I can improve in my game. Getting to the semifinals, getting to Friday of week two is pretty sick. But I want to do more of that and go one step further and try to win a slam. “Many firsts for me this week, many good experiences. Compared to Novak it was just the execution level of him better than mine today in my opinion. His concentration, the way he handled his service games was better than me." Djokovic has won at least one Grand Slam title every year since 2010 - and mostly two or three - with the exception of 2017, when he was plagued by elbow problems. However, he arrived at Wimbledon knowing it would likely be his last chance of the season after being deported from Australia and losing in the quarter-finals at the French Open, and with a Covid-19 vaccination record, which is still a requirement for entry into the United States is States. So, despite the Serb's experience, it was a huge match and it was certainly him who seemed the more nervous in the early stages. Norrie celebrated a break of serve with a leaping fist in the opening game and the crowd could hardly believe it as he won five games in a row to decide the opening set. Djokovic's usually flawless groundstrokes flew long or into the net, but the top seed settled early in the second set and a break of serve from Norrie in game eight proved a turning point. The British no. 1 fought hard in the fourth set to get back in the match but Djokovic's serve kept him at a distance. Norrie felt that the result of the first set was more down to Djokovic's nerves than anything spectacular from himself, saying: "I think I played OK. I just made a lot of returns. I think it was a six out of 10 set. It was a good start, but it wasn't enough.” Norrie, seeded ninth, was most proud of being able to survive matches in which he was the favorite. "To come here, quite a lot, a lot of expectations from everyone across the country - and from me in particular," he said. "Getting through the draw the way I did, dealing with the opportunities to play Center Court, play Court One and play against guys I actually like best to beat. Especially serving up that game against (David) Goffin to make my first semifinal was pretty crazy. “I think it all happened very quickly. I will have plenty of time to think about everything. But it's difficult to think about it too much right now.” Cameron Norrie was proud of his “sick” run at Wimbledon but wanted more after a semi-final loss to Novak Djokovic. Cameron Norrie was proud of his 'sick' run at Wimbledon but wanted more after a semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic. Six-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic has extended his streak of consecutive turf wins to 27, becoming the first man to reach 32 Grand Slam finals while losing just one of his last 19 Slam semifinals. Ahead of his eighth Wimbledon final, the Serb said: "Obviously I'm very happy and I'm happy to put myself in a position to win the trophy. "I didn't start as well as in most of my matches here in Wimbledon, I didn't feel so good at the beginning. A lot of mistakes. He handled them better and was a better player for a set and a half. “A poor play from his side at 4-3 in the second set, the match turned. I know I always expect myself to be able to play better than I did. Djokovic backed Norrie to have more chances of reaching a Grand Slam final, saying: "Definitely. With that kind of approach, I feel like you'll always get chances.” The article Cameron Norrie vows return after losing first Grand Slam semifinal appeared first on Tennis365.com.

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5 topics of conversation as Jesus shines and Arsenal make their comeback in Nuremberg

NUREMBERG 3-5 ARSENAL: Gabriel Jesus came off the bench at half-time to help the Gunners turn the game around and claim a pre-season win in Germany (Author: Gardener)

NurembergNUREMBERG 3-5 ARSENAL: Gabriel Jesus came off the bench at half-time to help the Gunners turn the game on its head and earn a preseason win in Germany from behind to defeat Nuremberg in their first preseason Defeat game in front of fans 5-3. In his first appearance for the Gunners following his £45million transfer from Manchester City, the Brazilian scored two minutes into his half-time lead. His powerful strike brought the visitors back after a poor first half which saw them fall behind through goals from Johannes Geis and Kwadwo Duah. Substitute Mohamed Elneny equalized before Eddie Nketiah and Jesus jointly forced Nuremberg's own goals. Lukas Schleimer briefly pulled one back for the hosts before Jesus got his second after good work from Charlie Patino and Gabriel Martinelli. Despite Hector Bellerin pushing to leave Arsenal, Mikel Arteta has included his fellow Spanish player in the starting XI for the trip to Germany. The 27-year-old was one of many players in the red and white guilty of sloppiness during the pre-season friendly and his smooth performance is unlikely to convince Arteta and Edu he deserves a spot in the squad for deserved in the fast approaching season. even if he was presented with the captain's armband against Nuremberg. Matt Turner should have done better after Johannes Geis struck the Bundesliga hosts midway through the first half after Kieran Tierney lost the ball on the field. The left-back was admittedly unhelped after preseason debutant Matt Turner lifted the ball into upper field. After Nuremberg snatched the ball back in midfield, Lino Tempelmann charged into the Arsenal third and fended off Emile Smith Rowe's challenge, into the space Tierney left. The German midfielder then pulled the ball back to Johannes Geis, who fired a shot off the bar. Turner didn't shower himself in glory here either, as the shot appeared to be fairly central, but he didn't come close. Where will Arsenal finish next season? It took the hosts just five minutes to double their lead through Kwadwo Duah, who lashed the ball over Matt Turner after even more carelessness from the visitors. This time, Albert Sambi Lokonga was the man to give up possession to give Nürnberg the kind of scoring opportunity Arsenal have never been able to unleash. Adding to the Gunners' woes was a familiar sight as Tierney departed just after the half-hour and Mikel Arteta sent Cedric Soares in his place. However, there was no sign that Tierney was injured so a 30th-minute substitution could have been in the cards all along, given that he was able to warm down at half-time. Gabriel Jesus scored twice on his pre-season debut for Arsenal While Mohamed Elneny was on the top scorer and Gabriel Martinelli impressed, the second half was all about Gabriel Jesus for Arsenal. Probably with Mikel Arteta's words in his ears, the visitors came out with a different team in the second half and it was just seconds for Jesus to combine with Eddie Nketiah - who had been isolated for the first 45 minutes - before he slammed in the near post. The storm duo continued to stay together well throughout the time on the pitch, forcing the two own goals from Christopher Schindler and Tim Handwerker that gave the visitors a 4-2 lead. Jesus then ensured Arsenal retained a two-goal cushion with another fine shot from the post just after Lukas Schleimer had halved the deficit. Mikel Arteta has a lot to think about after pre-season win While it was an entertaining win which gave Arsenal plenty of hope for the coming season, the performance against Nuremberg also raised many questions. Nicolas Pepe had a quiet game, Kieran Tierney's fitness remains an issue and the likes of Hector Bellerin and Pablo Mari have been phased out, although they appear destined to leave the Gunners. With a clash against Everton on July 17, Mikel Arteta will be hoping to have a refined squad at his disposal as he continues to shrink and expand his side's ranks. In the meantime, he and his players have over a week to further prepare for the new season before their next game.

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