Murray backs Norrie to 'fight for every single point' against Djokovic

Andy Murray backs Cam Norrie to ‘fight for every single point’ against ‘unbelievably difficult obstacle’ Novak Djokovic, as the British No 1 prepares for a semi final against an opponent that hasn’t lost at Wimbledon for FIVE YEARS

  • Cam Norrie made the Wimbledon semi final after a five set win over David Goffin
  • Novak Djokovic has not lost at the tournament since retiring injured in 2017
  • He will be looking to win his seventh Wimbledon title and 21st major overall 
  • Andy Murray backed the 26-year-old British No 1 to ‘fight for every single point’ 

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has backed Cam Norrie to ‘compete extremely hard’ against Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon semi final, but admitted it would be ‘close’ given the world No 3’s stellar record at the tournament.

Norrie advanced to the semi final after a thrilling five set win over David Goffin, where the British No 1 twice came from one set down in a terrific display of stamina.

Djokovic also needed five sets to make it through his quarter final but did eventually see off Jannik Sinner.

Cam Norrie advanced to his first Wimbledon semi final with a five set victory over David Goffin

Novak Djokovic has not lost at Wimbledon since retiring injured in the 2017 quarter finals

The 35-year-old has won Wimbledon six titles and hasn’t lost in the tournament since being forced to retire from the 2017 quarter finals with an elbow injury.

Despite this, Murray is confident of Norrie’s chances in the semi final. He told the Evening Standard: ‘We’ve seen some stuff in tennis over the last few years that no one expected, like with Emma [Raducanu].

‘Novak had a very tough match against Jannik Sinner which I don’t think many were expecting.

‘He came through it but it was tight and Cam is right up there with guys like Sinner right now in terms of ranking and results. It’s going to be close. It’s an unbelievably difficult obstacle.

The 35-year-old Scotsman, who went out in Wimbledon’s second round to John Isner, recognised Djokovic’s reputation but felt Norrie would give him a tough match. He said: ‘Novak has won here six times, been in the final multiple times, I don’t think he’s lost here since 2017 and he was injured there.

‘It is an unbelievably difficult ask but the thing that you can guarantee with Cam is he will give himself the best opportunity to win because he will fight for every single point, he’s going to compete extremely hard and he doesn’t make it easy for anyone.’ 

Murray also praised Norrie’s famed dedication and attitude. He said: ‘Every time I’ve been on court with him or around him, he’s had a top-class attitude,’ he said. 

‘He gets the most out of every practice session, works extremely hard and he’s making the most of his talent and ability.’

The 35-year-old Djokovic will be looking to win his seventh Wimbledon and 21st major overall

‘He’s one of the best players in the world and he’s been doing it consistently for the last seven or eight months.

He continued: ‘I don’t believe that you get into the top positions in the world without working extremely hard. You would hope every player would be like that and try to get the most out of themselves like Cam, but that isn’t the case with everybody.’ 

‘He will go as far as possible for him and his ability, and that’s the best thing that you can do as an athlete — get the most out of yourself, and he’s doing that.’

Djokovic will play Norrie in the semi final on Friday. The other semi final, which pits Nick Krygios up against Rafael Nadal, takes place on Thursday. 

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