Novak Djokovic is on the cusp of yet another Wimbledon final. Only Britain’s Cameron Norrie stands in the way of the winner of six Wimbledon titles and three straight (since 2018) from what must feel like his rightly due.
Certainly, the betting online markets would suggest so. The former world No.1 is the runaway favorite with odds in the quadruple digits. BetUS sportsbook prices Djokovic as the -1600 favorite.
Britain’s last hope for a homegrown champion this year is the quintessential underdog at +900 to win. The game handicap is set to 7½ while the total is projected to 30½ with the over slightly favored at -120.
Read on as we preview this semifinal matchup between Djokovic and Norrie, set to get underway on Friday. We’ll bring you the latest tennis news, stats, injury reports, and tennis odds for this fascinating men’s showdown, along with tennis picks and predictions for you to consider.
Wimbledon Men’s Outrights
- Novak Djokovic -350
- Nick Kyrgios +275
- Cameron Norrie +2200
From the start of the tournament, there was no question about who was the player to beat. Djokovic, seeded No. 1, entered the tournament as the bookies’ odds-on favorite and with each round, his favor only swelled. Now, he’s the firm -350 favorite to win the title with only Norrie and Kyrgios in his path to the coveted title.
Djokovic did have a scare in the quarterfinals, though. Jannik Sinner took it to the 20-time Grand Slam champion. He even had him on the ropes as he jumped out to a two-set lead.
However, Djokovic has been in similar uncomfortable situations before. He was down, but not out. Where most falter, he finds unbelievable strength and mental resolve. And so he did, turning the match on its head to win in five sets, 5-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
This is how champions play 💫
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 5, 2022
Norrie Outlasts Goffin
Norrie outlasted David Goffin in a five-set marathon to book his place in the final four. Norrie, a first-time quarterfinalist, was made to work for his place in the fluctuating match, but he clinched the match after winning the last two sets, 3-6,7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.
The Briton reaches another career milestone at the All England Club. His first-ever semifinal. Previously, he’d never been through to the second week of a Grand Slam, let alone sat on the cusp of a final.
His reward, though, is a date with Djokovic – one of the toughest players in the game. It doesn’t get more daunting than Djokovic at any stage of a Grand Slam, never mind the penultimate round.
— Cameron Norrie (@cam_norrie) July 5, 2022
Djokovic vs Norrie Head-to-Head
Djokovic has the 1-0 head-to-head edge over Norrie, having beaten him last year
Djokovic vs Norrie
Djokovic knows that Nick Kyrgios awaits in the final after Rafael Nadal was forced to withdraw from their semifinal contest due to a stomach muscle tear. Djokovic is keen to close the gap on Nadal in total Grand Slam title wins. He currently trails the 36-year-old Spaniard by two.
Djokovic is unvaccinated. As it is, it looks like he will not be allowed to compete at the upcoming U.S. Open. Thus, Wimbledon is his last chance to win a Grand Slam in 2022.
Not that Djokovic ever lacks motivation to win a Grand Slam, but one would think that kind of motivation will only make him more resolute. That’s not good news for Norrie.
As the tennis odds would suggest, this is likely to be a whitewash affair. The Briton simply doesn’t have the weapons to hurt Djokovic – not like Sinner did in the quarters. Norrie will be lucky to win a handful of games.