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Cameron Norrie Faces Novak Djokovic In Last Sixteen

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May 15, 2023

Cameron Norrie has earned a fascinating showdown with Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic in Rome.

This is just the kind of contest we’ll want to see in London this summer.

The best of British against the best in the world on Centre Court in less than two months. Can you imagine?

Cameron Norrie against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon 2023 would create a fantastic atmosphere in the All England Club during the biggest tournament of them all.

And the contest in Italy won’t necessarily lead to the outcome we might usually expect.

Novak Djokovic isn’t exactly hitting the heights we often anticipate from the greatest player the world has ever seen. Not yet, anyway!

It took him three sets to conquer Grigor Dimitrov in the previous round in Rome.

And earlier in the spring, Djokovic was surprisingly knocked out of the Monte-Carlo Masters by Italian youngster Lorenzo Musetti.

Since Monaco, there have been concerns about Novak’s elbow as he builds back towards full fitness.

Cameron Norrie might think this is a good time to test his skills and persistence against the finest player on the planet.

The British number one defeated Marton Fucsovics 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) – and could have made much shorter work of that challenge, but for rain interruptions.

Norrie was a set and 5-1 ahead before the downpour put an end to proceedings on Saturday.

Cam survived a determined fightback from the underdog to progress and set up this scintillating tie against Djokovic.

Novak has already complained about the surface in Rome, an indication that all is not yet entirely well with the Serb.

Djokovic said: ‘If you don’t use a clay court before a tournament, it breaks. You have many holes and an uneven surface. In Rome it has been happening for quite a few years.

‘Hopefully as the days pass and the tournament progresses, the court will get better.’

Novak Djokovic is sure to get better and better in the build up to Wimbledon 2023 – and Cameron Norrie will want to impress at his home Grand Slam as well.

First comes the French Open at Roland Garros. And Norrie against Djokovic will be a great indicator of where both players are in their preparations for the European summer majors.

Much as we all love Paris, there’s really nothing quite like Wimbledon – the most historic Grand Slam of them all.

British royals and Hollywood celebrities will rub shoulders as tennis decides who is the greatest champion of all time.

Will you be at Wimbledon 2023 to watch history unfold on grass?

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