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Wimbledon 2022: Cameron Norrie beats Tommy Paul at the All England Club

Cameron Norrie returns a ball to Tommy Paul in the fourth round of Wimbledon
Cameron Norrie had never progressed past the third major round in those two weeks prior to his success at Wimbledon
Venue: All England Club Events: June 27 – July 10
Cover: Live on BBC TV, radio and online with extensive coverage on BBC iPlayer, Red Button, Connected TVs and mobile app.

Cameron Norrie claimed the British challenge in Wimbledon singles by defeating American Tommy Paul and reaching his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Britain’s men’s No. 1 Norrie put in another controlled and clinical performance to win 6-4 7-5 6-4.

Norrie will play unseeded Belgian David Goffin in the last eight on Tuesday, who defeated No. 23 Frances Tiafoe.

The 26-year-old left-hander is Britain’s last singles representative after losing Heather Watson.

British number four Watson saw her hopes of reaching a first Grand Slam quarterfinals end in a direct defeat against the unseeded German Jule Niemeier.

But Norrie later won mid-Sunday – the first time it has been played on an earlier rest day – to ensure home fans have someone to cheer for when the singles tournaments resume in week two.

The ninth seed is the first Briton to reach the quarter-finals in singles since Andy Murray in 2017 and the first British player since Johanna Konta in 2019.

“It’s a shock to reach the quarter-finals for the first time,” said Norrie.

“To play a match like that, a big one for both of us, to play like I did was really good. I really enjoyed it.”

Norrie is reaping the rewards of maturity

Not many would have predicted Norrie would become Britain’s leading hope on the men’s tour – and fewer still must have thought he would become one of the top 10 players in the world.

Crucially, Norrie himself believed he could do it and was willing to work to make it happen.

Now, with new title and ranking achievements unlocked on the ATP Tour, the hard work of recent years on the biggest stage ever is paying off.

Norrie doesn’t have the box office appeal of Murray, one of his most recent predecessors as Britain’s number one.

But his cool, understated demeanor is one of his greatest strengths, allowing him to focus fully on improving on the pitch.

“I’ve improved a lot and matured on the pitch and kept evolving with my team,” he said afterwards.

“I’ve definitely improved mentally over the years and matured a lot as a player and I think it shows.”

A relentless engine is the foundation of his success, aided by solidity from the baseline and a vicious forehand that can finish points.

That forehand proved to be one of the keys for him in a gripping battle with 30th seed Paul.

The left-hander clinched his first point with a forehand winner down the line and broke in the opening game without going back afterwards.

The single break was enough to win the opening set. He needed two in the second, missing on serve 5-4 but breaking again and winning 7-5 to move him another set from the last eight.

After scoring another break in the third set for a 2-1 lead, Norrie produced a series of controlled service plays to reach his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal in the 19th attempt.

The home crowd on Court One erupted in cheers as Paul hit a wide return, with Norrie showing more emotion than usual as he hopped across the grass and punched the air twice.

“I’ve been patient with myself and embraced the grass – it’s probably not my favorite surface but it gives me a lot of confidence,” added Norrie.

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