British sensation Cameron Norrie has had an outstanding season in 2021. He has reached two finals, one semifinal and two quarter-finals in the ATP Tour this year. And the 25-year-old claimed his career-best win after upsetting World No.4 Dominic Thiem in straight sets(6-3, 6-2) at the Lyon Open.
However, Norrie will now face 20-time Grand Slam winner none other than Rafael Nadal in the third round at the French Open 2021. It will be the third meeting between English and Spaniard this year and their careers as well. Brit overcame American qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo in straight sets and South African Lloyd Harris in four sets in the previous rounds.
The 35-year-old from Manacor is the 13-time champion and has a win-loss record of 102-2 in Roland Garros. Spaniard reached the third round on Parisian Clay following straight-set victories over Australian Alexei Popyrin and French Richard Gasquet.
“I think if you look at the stats, his record is pretty impressive. So, yeah, I think it changes nothing for me. Another great opportunity to have a crack at him”, Cam Norrie said in an interview ahead of Rafael Nadal clash.
Brit continued, “Obviously, I’m going to be the underdog going in there, so no pressure on me, go out and see if I can execute my game and frustrate him. Another wonderful experience for me playing him, again, the third round of a Slam, especially where he’s been very dominant.”
“I’m Just Going To Look To Bring My Game”, says Cameron Norrie
Rafael Nadal leads Norrie 2-0 in their head-to-head series. Spaniard defeated the British in straight sets at the 2021 Australian Open third round and Barcelona Open quarterfinal.
Norrie further added, “I’ve played him twice in Australia and Barcelona, so I definitely know how he plays, and he knows how I play. But I’m just going to look to bring my game and looking forward to taking it to him again.”
“I feel great physically, which is a bonus for me, and I’ll back my legs against anyone, even against Rafa. But I’m going to have to execute, and it’s not going to be easy,” World No.45 concluded.