British star Cameron Norrie (20/1 – Tournament Outright) is through to the men’s singles semi-finals at Wimbledon after a stunning five-set victory over David Goffin on Court One.
The British No.1 won 3-6 7-5 2-6 6-3 7-5 and will now play defending champion and top seed Novak Djokovic (2/7 – Tournament Outright) for a place in the final.
Norrie, who is seeded ninth, will contest his first-ever Grand Slam semi-final against the Serbian star after being roared on against Belgian Goffin.
Norrie said on BBC TV: “I’m honestly speechless. I’m so happy to get through with such a great team, such a great family and friends here.
“It wasn’t going my way from the beginning. All credit to David, he was moving me and playing really good, but thanks to you guys (the fans) I managed to stay as patient as I could.
“It was all just adrenaline, using my legs and trying to put the ball in the court, and it’s great to get over the line.”
On the prospect of facing Djokovic in the semis, he added: “It’s great to get this, but it only gets tougher. I’m going take it to him and hopefully you guys can get behind me and I’m sure you will.”
Earlier Djokovic survived his own five-set epic as he eventually saw off the considerable challenge of Italian 10th seed Jannick Sinner, winning 5-7 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 on Centre Court after being two sets down.
Djokovic, who is on course for his fourth successive Wimbledon title and seventh overall, admitted he was struggling when two sets behind but he took a timely toilet break and recovered well afterwards.
“He was the better player for the first two sets,” he said. “I went out and had a refresh, had a toilet break, I had a little pep talk to myself in the mirror, it’s the truth.
“Sometimes in these circumstances when not much is happening positively for you, sometimes these things are necessary. A little break to try and regather the thoughts and reassemble.”
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Tatjana Maria reached the women’s semi-finals as the world No.103’s stunning run at Wimbledon continued when she beat fellow German Jule Niemeier 4-6 6-2 7-5.
Maria will face Third seed Ons Jabeur in the last four after she saw off Marie Bouzkova 3-6 6-1 6-1.