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Cameron Norrie dreams of a Wimbledon repeat despite “tough draw”

Image description, Jack Draper and Cameron Norrie trained together at Wimbledon

Cameron Norrie has watched replays of his marathon quarter-final win over David Goffin at Wimbledon as he looks to regain the form that has seen the 28-year-old rise to 8th in the world rankings in 2022, his highest career ranking to date.

After a disappointing first half of the season, Norrie has slipped to 44th place. This month he lost the British national team title to Jack Draper.

The pair trained together on Court No. 1 on Saturday, despite the prospect of a showdown in the “Battle of the Brits” should both reach the second round.

But Norrie insisted: “Honestly, I feel good about how I hit the ball. I’ve put myself in really good situations with a lot of chances in the games I’ve played.”

“When I watched my run to the semifinals – I watched my match against Goffin with my coach – I was very calm when I saw how I hit the ball. I think it’s just about getting the fundamentals really good.”

Norrie’s dream of emulating his compatriot Andy Murray and winning Wimbledon was dashed by Novak Djokovic, even though he took the first set from the eventual cup winner.

This time around, Norrie is aware he has been dealt “a tough draw” and before he even considers a possible clash with Draper, let alone another semi-final, he must “focus on” beating fellow improving left-hander Facundo Diaz Acosta on Tuesday.

Born in South Africa to a Glaswegian father and a Welsh mother, the son already has an idea of ​​his 23-year-old opponent, as his coach Facundo Lugones is a fellow Argentine.

Norrie also won a close match against the current world number 45 at the Argentina Open last year, but only thanks to a tiebreak in the last set.

“Acosta has won a lot this year, he is very confident and I had a very close match with him last year in Buenos Aires,” he told BBC Sport.

“He’s a really good up-and-coming player, he’s had a great year so far and he’ll be really keen to play me, especially here at Wimbledon.”

Norrie knows that being a British hopeful at Wimbledon will add extra pressure, but he feels “pretty relaxed” as his parents and partner have joined him in London – and the All England Club is within cycling distance.

“Of course it’s frustrating not to have a few more wins as it gives you a bit more confidence, but training has been really good,” he added.

“Sometimes you’re having a terrible time on the practice field and then suddenly you’re winning a series of games.

“It’s just sport and the ability to shake it off and move on. All these tough losses I’ve suffered make me want to get back to my best.”

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