Cameron Norrie admits he’s shocked to be in the last eight Wimbledon and has urged fans in London to give him even more support as he is the last Brit standing.
The 26-year-old easily prevailed in his very first Grand Slam match in the fourth round on Sunday afternoon 6: 4, 7: 5, 6: 4 against the American Tommy Paul.
He will not face David Goffin in the Quarterfinals as he continues to sail in uncharted waters in SW19. Heather Watson’s fourth-round elimination by Jule Niemeier earlier in the day means he is the only one in the last eight to fly the flag for Great Britain.
He admits his continued success is “shocking” but is loving every second of it and wishes for an even grittier atmosphere at Wimbledon when he meets the Belgian in the last eight on Tuesday.
“It’s shocking for me – moving into my quarters for the first time and having my family here, it’s very special,” he said. “A huge match for me and for both of us, and to play like I did today and execute everything, I obviously enjoyed it a lot. It’s pretty crazy – lots of feelings at the moment but I enjoyed it.
“I’m the last one [Brit] left, so why not get some more behind me now? I think from the first round everyone was behind me and supported me and that showed in difficult moments in the games – especially serving for the game there – I had a lot of things going through my mind but I made it through to keep calm and do it . It was great that you guys helped me with that.”
Norrie has only reached the third round once in four previous trips to Wimbledon and he believes he is a far better player now than when he fought there in the past.
“I think if you saw me at Wimbledon in 2017 I wasn’t very patient, I wanted everything to go very quickly and I got chopped up in the first round in an hour and 10 minutes [Jo-Wilfried] Tsonga,’ he said.
“I’ve improved a lot and matured on the pitch and progressed further with my team and stayed patient with myself and embraced the grass – it’s probably not my favorite surface but it gives me a lot of confidence. [I’ve] I’ve definitely improved mentally over the years and matured a lot as a player and I think it shows.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/07/03/cam-norrie-reacts-to-shocking-wimbledon-quarter-final-run-and-calls-for-more-support-16934956/ Cam Norrie reacts to 'shocking' run in Wimbledon quarterfinals and calls for more support