Cameron Norrie reaches first grand slam quarter-final with straight-sets win
Heather Watson’s defeat earlier on Centre Court docket had left Norrie within the more and more acquainted state of affairs of being the final Briton standing, and he seems greater than as much as the duty.
The ninth seed had eased previous one other American, Steve Johnson, within the third spherical and he constructed on that with one other wonderful efficiency on Court docket One, beating thirtieth seed Paul 6-4 7-5 6-4.
Cameron Norrie stored the British flag flying in singles at Wimbledon by defeating Tommy Paul to succeed in the primary grand slam quarter-final of his profession.
Having by no means beforehand been previous the third spherical at a slam, Norrie is flourishing on his first deep run and will probably be favoured to go additional, with unseeded Belgian David Goffin his opponent within the final eight.
Norrie is understood for his consistency and relentless athleticism however his forehand was the important thing weapon right here from the second he drilled a go down the road on the primary level.
Paul, additionally trying to attain his first slam quarter-final, will in all probability have nightmares about that shot, with Norrie utilizing it repeatedly to take management in rallies.
Paul was going through a fourth consecutive left-handed opponent and had chosen Norrie as his follow associate to organize for the earlier three, so the 26-year-old’s recreation wouldn’t have come as a shock.
Discovering a solution, although, was one other matter. Paul compelled 4 break factors within the sixth recreation however every time Norrie was rock strong, and that proved to be the American’s solely likelihood to attract degree within the opening set.
The second set adopted an analogous sample till Norrie displayed his first indicators of pressure, failing to serve it out at 5-4.
It was Paul’s likelihood to essentially put his opponent below stress however as a substitute he performed his worst service recreation of the match to present Norrie one other alternative, and this time he made no mistake.
The kind of pressure within the crowd that always accompanies a British participant at Wimbledon was absent, with Norrie showing in full management, and one other early break within the third was sufficient to ship him by means of to the final eight in type.