Cameron Norrie ‘up there with the very best’ after reaching Wimbledon semi-finals asserts Slam legend
Cameron Norrie has thoroughly impressed many onlookers at Wimbledon this fortnight, including seven-time Slam champion Mats Wilander.
The Swede commented on Norrie’s heroics after coming through a tough five-setter with former world number seven David Goffin on Court One.
Before Wimbledon this year, Norrie had never been beyond the third round of a Major.
Now, with the shackles off after breaking that curse, the Brit is playing his best tennis.
Wilander said of Norrie’s win: “It was a great victory celebration because he didn’t go crazy.
“Yes, it’s a big deal and he’s through to his first semi-final but there are more matches to be played.
“As a competitor he is up there with the very best.”
And the 26-year-old will need to be at his very best to down three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic in the last four on Friday.
This time last year, Norrie was 34th in the world and was yet to win an ATP tour level title.
Now, he has won four titles across two surfaces, including a surprise Masters 1000 title at last year’s Covid-delayed Indian Wells, and broken into the top 10.
Wilander said of this remarkable rise: “Is he the most improved player on tour at that age?
“Only the very best players in the world can beat Cameron Norrie on a grass court.
“He has proven a point that if you have a good attitude, you fight for every point, that a lot of good players can get to the semi-finals at Wimbledon.”
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