Cameron Norrie: ‘The goal is to get towards world number one’
British number two Cameron Norrie is enjoying a career best season and registered his 44th win of 2021 as he beat Tommy Paul to reach Indian Wells quarter-finals.
If Norrie defeats Argentine Diego Schwartzman in his quarter-final match, he will replace Dan Evans as British number one and could enter the world’s top 20 for the first time in his career. However, the 26-year-old has his eyes set even higher.
“The goal is to keep getting better and get towards world No 1,” Norrie said.
“I have obviously got a long way to go but that’s the goal for me. It’s been a lot of fun this year and I am feeling good and ready to keep pushing for more.“I just want to keep the momentum every week, keep enjoying my tennis, keep enjoying playing at this level. It’s nice to show this level at these events and the Slams.”
Norrie won 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 against Paul to go level with Novak Djokovic on 44 wins for the year.
The Brit won his maiden ATP title in Los Cabos earlier this year, before reaching finals at Lyon and Queens. Norrie has also reached nine quarter-finals in 2021, putting him in the top 15 for ‘Race To Turin’, with the top eight qualifying for the end of season ATP Finals.
His coach, Facundo Lugones, recently explained credited Norrie for becoming ‘a more complete player’ and puts his success in 2021 down to that“Now he’s a better tennis player and physically he’s a completely different animal. Back then he had a lot of endurance and was a great competitor, but didn’t have a lot of weapons. He would outlast you, make a lot of balls and be tougher than the other guy.
“Today he has a better serve, he’s stronger, he looks to dictate the point a lot more. He’s more physical and a more complete player.” Lugones said.
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