Cameron Norrie is certainly preparing for the attention of being the last British standard set player in Wimbledon singles.
A nickname? You can call me Nozza, he suggested, without losing a beat.
There is no appropriate synonym for ‘Hill’ beginning with C or N, Cameron Kop was discussed before interrupting such rumors by claiming to be a Newcastle United fan. And Fulham. And the Glasgow Rangers.
He may be home number one but we need to get to know Norrie very quickly in the coming days after beating training partner Tommy Paul 6-4 7-5 6-4 to become the first British man to take the goal reached the singles quarterfinals since Andy ‘Muzza’ Murray five years ago.
“At the start of the tournament people were talking about the pressure and expectations that were on my shoulders as Britain’s number one and I just tried to face that,” he said. “Now I’m the last one standing, I just hope that gives people even more reason to stand behind me.
“I’m going one game at a time, there’s no reason to be happy with the quarter-finals and I’m just enjoying playing at this level.
“The top players get better as the tournaments progress. I was pretty nervous about my first round match and I played my best two matches in the third and fourth rounds. My stats are getting better and I feel calmer even in the bigger games.
“I will keep pushing and next I have a difficult and experienced player.”
Prior to this week, Norrie had never reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam, but he will never have a better opportunity to reach the last four.
He meets Belgium’s David Goffin, who has struggled with injuries over the past two years to drop from career-ranked seventh to world No. 58.
He lost to Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals three years ago and has experience playing against a home hope on center court, Andy Murray beating him in straight sets in 2014.
“He’s a very experienced player who likes the grass, he has a very complete game,” added Norrie.
“He was in that situation more than me, he won’t serve me off the pitch but it will be a physical match. I’m confident I’m up to the opportunity.”
Goffin has endured a nearly five-hour marathon to also get ahead in a five-sentence thriller – and admits the task is a tough one.
“I just have to recover now and then be ready to play the whole country,” said Goffin, who lost his only duel on clay last year in Barcelona.
“He played a lot less than me and he played well throughout the tournament. He’s very consistent and a tough opponent.”
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