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Wimbledon 2022: Friday’s order of play

British hope Norrie takes on defending champion Djokovic on Centre Court

It’s the men’s singles semi-finals day at Wimbledon, but following Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal from the tournament it means that just one last-four clash will feature at SW19 on day 12. 

British hope Cameron Norrie will face top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic on Centre Court this afternoon. The winner will play in Sunday’s Championship final against Nick Kyrgios, who received a walkover after Nadal’s injury.

In the women’s singles Ons Jabeur and Elena Rybakina are through to the final. Third seed Jabeur beat Tatjana Maria 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in yesterday’s semi-final, while 17th seed Rybakina defeated 2019 champion Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3. Tomorrow’s women’s final starts at 2pm. 

Men’s semi-finals 

  • 2.45pm BST (approx): Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Cameron Norrie (9)
  • Nick Kyrgios vs. Rafael Nadal – Kyrgios receives walkover 

Women’s semi-finals results 

  • Ons Jabeur (3) beat Tatjana Maria 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
  • Elena Rybakina (17) beat Simona Halep (16) 6-3, 6-3

Women’s singles final

  • Who: Elena Rybakina (17) vs. Ons Jabeur (3)
  • When: Saturday 9 July 2022
  • Start time: 2pm (BST)

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Cameron Norrie celebrates his win against David Goffin

Cameron Norrie celebrates his win against David Goffin

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Day 12: today’s order of play

Start times are BST, seeds in brackets.

Centre Court (not before 1.30pm)

  • Women’s doubles semi-final: Lyudmyla Kichenok and Jelena Ostapenko (4) vs. Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova (2)
  • Men’s singles semi-final: Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Cameron Norrie (9)
  • Women’s doubles semi-final: Elise Mertens and Shuai Zhang (1) vs. Danielle Collins and Desirae Krawczyk

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Wimbledon winner betting odds

Men’s singles winner odds

According to Oddschecker.com, as of 8 July.

  • Novak Djokovic: 1/4
  • Nick Kyrgios: 3/1
  • Cameron Norrie: 22/1 

Women’s singles winner odds

According to Oddschecker.com, as of 8 July.

  • Ons Jabeur: 4/6
  • Elena Rybakina: 13/10

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UK TV coverage 

Sue Barker will be at the helm for the last time as host of BBC’s Wimbledon TV coverage. Barker, who is retiring after 30 years, will be joined at the All England Club by a host of former champions, including John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King and Pat Cash. Other pundits include Tracy Austin, Johanna Konta, Caroline Wozniacki, Tim Henman and Annabel Croft.

The broadcaster will show live TV coverage across BBC One, BBC Two and BBC iPlayer from 11am daily. BBC Radio 5 Live will bring daily coverage from the grounds including a new Wimbledon Daily podcast with Jonathan Overend. 

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Novak Djokovic is a six-time Wimbledon champion

Novak Djokovic is a six-time Wimbledon champion

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Pre-tournament predictions: who will win Wimbledon?

At the start of the year tennis writers from the Daily Express put together their predictions for the 2022 season. For Wimbledon, tennis trends writer Yasmin Syed said Novak Djokovic and Ajla Tomljanovic would be crowned men’s and women’s singles champions respectively, while senior sports reporter Stuart Ballard tipped Djokovic and Emma Raducanu. Sports writer Neil McLeman said Andy Murray could “make a run” at Wimbledon.

TennisProGuru has been running a readers’ poll for the winners of Wimbledon. In the men’s, Djokovic had 45% of the vote ahead of the tournament. Rafel Nadal (32%) and Matteo Berrettini (7%) were also tipped. In the women’s Iga Swiatek had 54% of the votes, ahead of Simona Halep (6%) and Coco Gauff (5%).

Former player Todd Woodbridge believes fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios could be a serious threat this year. “He is a legitimate force” and has the chance to “go deep” at Wimbledon, he said on Nine’s Sports Sunday. “It’ll depend on his draw. That’s significant.”

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