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Novak Djokovic plays a forehand against Cameron Norrie at the Italian Open

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Novak Djokovic continues his Italian Open defence against British No 1 Cameron Norrie as the last-16 stage begins in Rome. After Carlos Alcaraz was stunned by the world number 135 Fabian Marozsan on Monday, Djokovic has the chance to close the gap to the young Spaniard in the rankings as the Serbian continues his French Open preparations.

Djokovic has won his previous two meetings against Norrie, including in the Wimbledon semi-finals last July. This will be their first clash on clay, which is a surface Norrie has put significant time and effort to improve on this year. Norrie, the 13th seed in Rome, suffered early defeats in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid, however, and is still trying to find his rhythm ahead of Roland Garros.

As is Djokovic, who with a 2-2 record has as many defeats as victories on clay so far this season. But the 35-year-old was also on patchy form this time last year before going to win the Italian Open, as Djokovic looks to find his title-winning form before the second grand slam of the season. Follow live updates from Djokovic vs Norrie, below:


*Novak Djokovic 5-3 Cameron Norrie

Wow – a supreme forehand winner from Djokovic, leaning back and taking the time before unloading down the line. It moves him to 0-30 on the Norrie serve, before a loose forehand from the British No 1 goes a few feet long of the baseline.

Two set points for Djokovic – but Norrie saves them both! Djokovic shot a stare at some noise in the crowd after a forehand went long on the first, before Norrie produced a big serve out wide to save the second.

And Norrie gets through. Djokovic pushes a forehand wide and Norrie hangs on, but will it be enough?

Jamie Braidwood16 May 2023 10:57


Novak Djokovic 5-2 Cameron Norrie*

The unforced errors from Norrie continue to pile up, as a backhand crosscourt is pushed wide to move Djokovic a game away from the first set.

Jamie Braidwood16 May 2023 10:53


*Novak Djokovic 4-2 Cameron Norrie

Is there some edginess growing here? Djokovic’s roar at the end of the previous game looks to have fired Norrie up. He connects with a couple of fine winners, and then gets a bit of a gift as Djokovic went long with a forehand down the line.

Jamie Braidwood16 May 2023 10:46


Novak Djokovic 4-1 Cameron Norrie*

An interesting thing to note so far is Djokovic’s serve. He’s hitting a much slower second serve at around 76 mph, taking the pace out of the ball in a reflection of his wider approach. Djokovic has just been floating balls to the baseline and asking Norrie to produce his own pace and power, with the Serbian clearly confident that he can handle the British No 1’s offensive weapons.

Djokovic lets out a huge roar as he claims his next hold, and increases his lead to 4-1!

Jamie Braidwood16 May 2023 10:41


*Novak Djokovic 3-1 Cameron Norrie

Norrie faces break point but comes up with the ace out wide to force deuce, before a flying winner down the line earns him a hold to get on the board. A start.

Jamie Braidwood16 May 2023 10:38


Novak Djokovic 3-0 Cameron Norrie*

As if to illustrate that last point, Norrie tries a dropshot crosscourt from a difficult angle to concede the next game to 15. Norrie is offering a few glimpses but his weapons are not threatening Djokovic, who is in charge of this opening set.

Jamie Braidwood16 May 2023 10:35


*Novak Djokovic 2-0 Cameron Norrie – Djokovic breaks!

Djokovic forces the early errors from Norrie to get the first break of the set. There is good variation from Djokovic, just asking the question of his opponent, and Norrie clips the netcord and then sends a forehand wide from 30-30, almost trying to do too much. Norrie needs to perfect here and those errors won’t do.

Jamie Braidwood16 May 2023 10:31


Novak Djokovic 1-0 Cameron Norrie*

It looks like there will be a lot of long baseline rallies on slower and heavier conditions this morning in Rome – Djokovic goes to the drop shot to win the opening point, and then scrambles to lob Norrie and edge ahead 30-15. Djokovic then stays patient and takes the opening hold as Norrie goes long.

Jamie Braidwood16 May 2023 10:25


Novak Djokovic vs Cameron Norrie: Italian Open updates

No signs of any of the strapping Djokovic was wearing on his elbow at Monte Carlo as the players conclude their warm-up.

Jamie Braidwood16 May 2023 10:19


Novak Djokovic vs Cameron Norrie: Italian Open updates

Ah, here is Djokovic, now doing his final stretches behind Norrie in the tunnel. Now the players are introduced out onto the court. It’s an early start for this one, and Centre Court has yet to fill up.

Jamie Braidwood16 May 2023 10:12

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