Novak Djokovic beat Cameron Norrie to set up a Wimbledon final against Nick Kyrgios

Despite going down in the first set — and with the Center Court crowd roaring in support of home favorite Norrie — it was a comfortable victory for Djokovic after he broke Norrie’s resistance in the second set.

That means the 35-year-old will be playing for his seventh Wimbledon title and fourth in a row unbeaten at SW19 since the quarterfinal stages in 2017.

“I didn’t start well, he was the better player for the first set,” Djokovic said in his on-court interview after Friday’s match.

“Semifinals of a grand slam, of course I’ve had in the past many semifinals of grand slams but it’s never easy to walk out on the court. You have a lot of pressure, expectations from yourself and of course from others as well.”

With the sun setting and blue skies hanging above Center Court, the tournament got off to a dream start for the home fans who cheered Norrie on as the Briton broke Djokovic in the first game of the match.

Djokovic responded with a break of his own, but it didn’t stop Norrie, who was appearing in his first grand slam semifinal; the ninth seed took two more breaks and finished the first set in 32 minutes.

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Meanwhile, Djokovic had no reason to celebrate in the first set, except for a daring, between-the-legs lob that deflected off Norrie and landed inside the baseline.

He returned to the court wearing a cap in the second set and held his first love game. Several opportunities arose to break Norrie — first at 2-1, then again at 3-2 — before the 20-time grand slam champion finally dominated by breaking Norrie for a 5-3 lead.

After closing out the set, Djokovic quickly took the lead in the third and earned an early break when Norrie forehanded long.

Norrie forehands against Djokovic on Center Court.

By now, Djokovic’s groundshots had more venom and accuracy as he began to exercise his dominance in the match — even as the crowd continued to root for Norrie. Another break of serve followed, and the set was over in 38 minutes.

The fourth set followed a similar pattern to the third as Djokovic broke in the opening game. Norrie fought back, winning all of his remaining service games, but it was unsuccessful. The Serb completed the win when he hit a serve out of Norrie’s reach.

Sunday will be an impressive 32nd final for Djokovic from 68 grand slam appearances — one more final than rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

He will meet Kyrgios — a player he has beaten in their two previous meetings — after Nadal withdrew from his semifinal against the Australian with a stomach ailment.

“I think a Kyrgios-Djokovic final would be mouth-watering,” is how Kyrgios — who, at No. 40 in the world, the lowest-ranked Wimbledon men’s finalist since 2003 — hinted at the possibility of facing Djokovic earlier on Friday.

The 27-year-old has played some thrilling tennis so far this tournament, while also angering his opponents — most notably Stefanos Tsitsipas — with his on-court antics.

As for Djokovic, he promised that there will be “a lot of fireworks emotionally” when the pair meet.

“It’s going to be his first grand slam final, he’s obviously very excited,” he said. “He doesn’t lose much and he always plays like that. He’s playing so freely, he has one of the biggest serves in the game.

“Just a big game overall, a lot of power in his shots. It’s been a while since we played, I’ve never won a set off him, so hopefully it can be different this time.”