Former world No. 7 David Goffin doesn't seem to really think that Cameron Norrie can upset Novak Djokovic as the Belgian said he does not know how to beat an "alien." On Tuesday, British hope Norrie edged out Goffin in a thriller 3-6 7-5 2-6 6-3 7-5 to progress into his maiden Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon.
After the loss, Goffin was asked whether Norrie can stun Djokovic. Goffin knows extremely well how it feels to play Djokovic, having lost seven times to the Serb. “We never know, we never know," Goffin said of Norrie's chances against Djokovic, per Tennishead.
“If [Norrie] is playing the tennis of his life, maybe, and if Djokovic is not feeling well. But Novak is Novak. He plays even better when the crowd is against him. Novak is just an alien, I don’t know how to beat an alien”.
Norrie edged out Goffin in a thriller
Norrie certainly felt the pressure early on as Goffin was up by two sets to one after the first three sets. After winning the fourth set and sending the match into a decider, no break points were seen until the 11th game - when Norrie broke Goffin for a 6-5 lead.
In the following game, Norrie served out for the match and he was visibly emotional and lost for words after making the last-4 at The All England Club. "Just winning a match like this, I’m in shock. I don’t know what to say now," Norrie said after the win.
"But just straight flashbacks to all the hard work, all the preseasons and all the sacrifices I’ve had to make. So it definitely pays off and it feels pretty good." Norrie is now set to meet Djokovic for the second time. Norrie and Djokovic clashed at the ATP Finals last year, when the Serb saw off the Briton in straight sets.