Cameron Norrie on reaching Wimbledon quarter-finals

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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.

Cameron Norrie will compete in the men’s quarter-finals at Wimbledon on Tuesday

“I will keep pushing and next I have a difficult and experienced player.”

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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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