LONDON: Ninth seed Cameron Norrie stored the British flag flying at Wimbledon on Sunday by progressing to his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final with a commanding 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 victory over American Tommy Paul.
Left-hander Norrie is the one native hope surviving on the grasscourt main and for a spot in Friday’s semi-finals he’ll meet Belgian David Goffin, who earlier edged American twenty third seed Frances Tiafoe 7-6(3), 5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5.
Paul, seeded thirtieth, had defeated a left-handed participant in every of his earlier three rounds however failed to seek out options to breach Norrie’s exact supply and tame his opponent’s correct forehand in a frenzied ambiance on Court One.
Norrie broke Paul’s supply within the opening recreation to take the lead after which saved 4 breakpoints on his personal serve within the sixth recreation to maintain his nostril forward and take the primary set.
Spinning his racquet from one hand to the opposite whereas receiving serve, the 25-year-old American couldn’t discover a approach to dent Norrie’s supply however seemed to be extra aggressive general by approaching the online extra typically.
But Norrie’s expansive forehand was as much as the problem and a netted return from Paul gave him a break of serve within the third recreation of the second set. Paul once more had two probabilities to get the set again on serve however the Briton saved each for a 4-2 lead.
With Norrie serving at 5-4, the American lastly managed to transform a breakpoint, solely to be damaged again instantly handy again the lead, a lot to the delight of the partisan crowd.
The third set adopted an analogous script with Norrie as soon as once more getting an early break of serve within the third recreation and the 26-year-old transformed his first matchpoint when Paul pulled a forehand extensive.